Perseids peak on the night of August 11-12, boasting up to 75 meteors per hour. Here’s what you need to know:
What are the Perseids?
Perseids are dust and debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, explains AccuWeather.
“Perseids are not only numerous, but they are beautiful. They are very colorful and very bright.”
The meteor shower is widely considered the best of the year because of the high levels and pleasant end-of-year temperatures, according to NASA.
When are the Perseids in 2020?
The Meteor Perseid shower will peak overnight Tuesday evening.
The best time to watch is between 11:00 a.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. This is the darkest time of night before the Moon rises.
For those with early sleep time, some shooting stars will be visible around 9pm local time.
How do I look at the Perseids?
Perseids can be seen with the naked eye. Meteors will be visible across the sky, so do not worry if you are looking in a specific direction, according to NASA.
If the weather conditions are not favorable in your area, NASA will broadcast the shower on Facebook live from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Here are some of AccuWeather’s viewing tips:
- Check the latest forecast. If clear clouds are expected, be prepared to be patient and look forward to the holidays.
- Find an area with low light pollution. If you live in a city, consider traveling to an area with less light.
- Lie on your back and look at the whole sky.
- Avoid looking at your phone and other light sources. Look for the darkest area of the sky. Keep the Moon out of your line of sight as best you can.
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