Perseid meteor shower to peak this week

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Perseid meteor shower to peak this week

It will become most prominent during its peak on August 12 to 13.

The Perseids are the yearly meteor shower produced by the orbital debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

However, according to NASA, visible meteor rates will be down from over 60 per hour to 15-20 per hour because of the brightness of the nearly-full moon, unlike past year when there was diminished moonlight.

Meteors of the shower are fast, with an average speed of 60 kilometers per second, and bright.

Make plans to stay up late or wake up early.

Unfortunately for any early birds, that optimum time is set to be between the hours of 2-5am on Tuesday, but some Perseids should be visible any time after dark if you're not prepared to interrupt your regular sleeping routine. The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve. Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours.

Space.com will be offering a livestream of the meteor shower on its website starting at 4:40am AEST on Tuesday from Slooh.

Look up to see one of the cosmos' most handsome meteor displays. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras.

Better yet, the Bay Area is filled with area's that boost low light pollution and elevated vantage points to watch (and Instagram) the shower. This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13.

The Perseid Watch has been taking place since 6 August and will continue until 19 August, no special equipment is required and more details on how to get in touch can be found here. And if that doesn't work and you fail to spot any meteors, you can track the events through NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. To give another example, the Geminid meteor shower, which is observed each December, is named for a radiant in the constellation Gemini.

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