Perseid meteor shower to be observed this August


On the late evening hours of August 12, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower will start as it will grace the sky with more than 50 meteors per hour until early morning of August 13, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on its bulletin.

Last year, the meteor shower was more hard to see, as the moon was three quarters full.

The best meteor shower of the year will be witnessed this month!

Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour.

The shower will be especially dramatic in areas with low light pollution and after midnight, though there is a good chance of seeing shooting stars from 9.30pm onwards.

The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year. Lie on your back and look straight up.

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years.

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24.

Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris. These conditions let the Perseids shine brightly as dust trails in our atmosphere turn into the fiery streaks we see while gazing upward in our backyards that lead to astute scientific observations between neighbors, such as "oooh!".