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Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

12 August 2019

Known for the abundance of shooting stars it often sends across the nightsky, the 2019 edition of the Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight, August 12.

Hailed by experts as one of the best meteor showers of the year, the show is best witnessed between 2 a.m. and dawn when the skies are darkest.

The much-anticipated meteor shower will, again, come to a climax Monday night, leading into the wee hours of Tuesday, August 13th.

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Between July and August every year, Earth travels through the orbital debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseids meteors appears as streaks of light in the sky. According to NASA's page, the "Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs", and despite the full Moon it is worth watching these. These are said to create the largest number of meteors every year but not all of these are visible.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt.

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If you can resist the temptation to check your phone for between 30 and 60 minutes, you're likely to see some phenomenal cosmic firecrackers streaking across the sky from about 10pm until just before sunrise in your local time zone.

You can also check out a live stream of the show thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project on its website as well as on YouTube.

This will be shown on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting. The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus.

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Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here