Summer meteor shower expected to peak early next week

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Summer meteor shower expected to peak early next week

The Delta Aquariids are often overshadowed by the Perseids, a much more reliable meteor shower that's active around the same time of year.

The meteor shower happens every year as the Swift-Tuttle comet shoots past Earth, according to 9News. Then, NASA notes, the moon will set after 3 am, leaving dark skies to illuminate more meteors.

The space agency said no special equipment is needed to view the meteor shower, which will be visible by the naked eye. So, if you hope to get a good (albeit short) look at this year's Perseids, that's the time to do it.

In the case of the Perseids, this debris originates from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it speeds path Earth in its orbit of the sun.

We're officially in the middle of meteor shower season.

You can also catch glimpses of the Perseid meteors in the days leading up to the peak, and you should be able to see some in the sky until the last week of August.

Note that the "window of dark sky" shortens as you head north, primarily because the morning twilight period lengthens at higher latitudes. Shooting stars streaking across the night sky will best be seen between midnight and dawn starting Friday and into the weekend, even though the light show won't likely peak until Tuesday.

Despite the bright moon, you'll still want to find a place from city lights for the best chance at seeing the 15-20 per hour.

According to the study, the pristine skies are mostly found in rural parts of the western USA and Alaska, The Washington Post reported.

Where do the Perseids come from? .

In the meantime, the Perseid meteor shower is not the only event worth watching this month.

You don't have to leave the comfort of your computer to enjoy the Perseids. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers' Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News in New York's lower Hudson Valley.

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