Every year during the summer, the earth passes through the trail
of the comet Swift-Tuttle, causing one of the year’s best meteor
showers. This year, the earth entered the debris left behind by the
comet in late July, meaning the peak of the meteor shower is upon
us in the early hours of the morning on August 12,
according to NASA.
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NASA is recommending that for best viewing head out after the
moon sets at 3 a.m. on the night of the 11th. If you’re not
willing to stay up that late, or wake up that early, you will still
be able to view the meteor shower any time around 9 pm local time
on the 11th.
Unfortunately, this year’s peak is coinciding with a full
moon, which will impact how many meteors can be seen. With normal
rates on most years hitting over 60 per hour, this year with the
full moon you can expect a rate more between 15 and 20 per hour —
still not too shabby.
While you’ll be able to see meteors all across the night sky,
if you want to know if you saw a Perseid meteor, trace it back to
where it came from. If the meteor’s origin takes you to the
constellation Perseus — hence the Perseid name — then you
managed to see a Perseid meteor.
For best viewing, pick a
dark location devoid of bright lights or other light pollution.
Also, remember that your eyes will need to adjust fully to the
dark, which can take up to 30 minutes. As for the cellphone, leave
it inside. The light from using your device will cause your eyes to
readjust to the light, making it hard to see the meteors.
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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
How to Catch the Best Meteor Show of the Year