Viewing Tips for Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight


Each year, meteor showers bright our skies with attractive beams as if diamonds fall from the sky to earth.

Lasting from July 14 - August 24, the Perseids meteor shower is one of the most prolific meteor showers, producing as many as 100 meteors per hour during the peak, even if we can't see them all.

The radiant point will be in the northeastern sky, but you do not need to focus on this area of the sky to see the meteor shower.

The Perseids meteor shower will peak on Monday night, as thousands of meteors streak across the sky. Its bright light may wash away some meteors, making it more hard to watch. This is an annual shower courtesy of comet Swift-Tuttle, and the Perseids appear in the sky each July-August. Although the Perseids Meteor is already underway, you'll get to see a peak of these comets starting from sunday, August 11 to the night of August 12 and August 13. "The results of these intersections are called meteor showers when the tiny bits of debris burn up in Earth's atmosphere".

This year, the peak of the highly anticipated meteor shower falls on Monday night and into early Tuesday, according to the AMS.

But not to fret; should you miss the bulk of the meteors this week, though the number per hour will drop off, some stragglers should hang around until August 24. But the Perseus constellation lies in the northern sky.

It would be visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment was necessary. It is the annual Perseids meteor shower.

Sadly, it's thought that as there is now an nearly full moon above Ireland the meteors, that might have been visible from Ireland, will be drowned out in the moonlight. The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle.

You're best off staying off your phone too, as looking at devices with bright screens won't help your night vision.

"It is always favourable to try and spot meteors when the Moon is below the horizon or when it is in its crescent phase, because otherwise it will act as a natural light pollution and will prevent the fainter meteors from being visible". That live stream will be available via the Meteor Watch page on Facebook. That means the best time to see them, according to NASA, would have been the early morning hours of Sunday.