Perseid Meteor Shower Best Viewing Sunday and Monday Midnight to Dawn

You can expect to see hundreds of Perseid meteors from the tail of a comet. The shower will peak on August 12th, but should be visible throughout the month.

Earth is passing through the dusty tail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The greatest chance for meteor sighting is after midnight on Sunday and Monday mornings. Looking at clear skies with low light pollution, a sky viewer could see 100 meteors per hour. The meteor shower rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours. In astronomy, the Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) of a meteor shower is the number of meteors a single observer would see in one hour under a clear, dark sky (limiting apparent magnitude of 6.5) while the radiant of the shower is at the zenith.

Many Perseids meteors originate from the northeast sky from near the position of the constellation Perseus.

Light from the Moon will involve a crescent waxing Moon the next few days (See Arlingtoncardinal.com/weather/moon)


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