The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is known as one of the brightest meteor showers, happens near the end of summer. Here’s everything you need to know.
The Perseids have been showing at night for weeks, and will continue for weeks, but tomorrow morning between 3:00 a.m. and dawn is the peak time for observation this year. Every year the Perseid meteor shower peaks about August 12th.
You can really see the meteors anywhere in the sky, but they often appear to originate or radiate from the Perseus constellation.
At about 10:00 p.m. the entire Perseus constellation rises above the northeast horizon in the northeast sky. A more remarkable constellation is just to the upper left of the Perseus constellation. Cassiopeia looks like a “W” in the northeast sky, just to the upper left of Perseus. To the lower right of Perseus is Pleiades, which is a little sparkling constellation sometimes mistaken as the Little Dipper. All three of these constellation are rising from the northeast horizon and after 1:00 am. will be higher in the northeast sky. By 5:00 a.m. Cassiopeia is almost directly above the North Star “Polaris” and Perseus is to the right or to the east of Cassiopeia.
Rhiannon Blaauw, of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office — located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama — shares some tips and strategies to best view a meteor shower.
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