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Perseid Meteor Shower 2019

13 August 2019

"The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures", explained NASA, in a blog post. Also, because of the light reflected by the full moon will be quite bright, the meteor shower might appear relatively reduced in comparison to other years. The Space agency goes on to say that if you go out after 9 p.m., you will see some shooting stars.

As with all meteor showers, it's smart to carve out a chunk of time to kick back and watch the night sky. Its bright light may wash away some meteors, making it more hard to watch.

The Perseid meteor shower is peaking as Earth moves through the debris trail of parent Comet Swift Tuttle. The annual Perseid meteor shower has been lighting up the sky with cosmic dust since July 13 and will continue through August 26, but between August 12 and 13 (tonight and tomorrow night), the show is hitting its peak.

Cloudy skies and a bright moon will combine to make it hard, if not impossible, to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight.

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"Up to 100 meteors per hour will occur during the peak night", AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

However, the handsome meteor shower may be affected by a number of conditions.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks Tuesday morning and Wednesday for us in the southern hemisphere.

According to the International Meteor Organization, the Perseids for 2019 maximum should come between noon on August 12th and after midnight on the 13th. But the Perseus constellation lies in the northern sky.

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Here's how you can still watch the incredible meteor shower from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

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

To watch up close, the University of Waterloo is hosting a star party from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. However, astronomers have predicted the nights between 12 and 13 August will be when the views are the most intense. Normally, you'd be able to catch 60 or more shooting stars per hour, however, this time that number is expected to be around 20 per hour.

The Perseids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system, according to AMS.

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2019