Perseid meteor shower 2021 is nearing its peak: How to watch the show The Perseids will peak on the night of Aug. 11, but you can catch them blazing across the sky right now. Here's how.

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The Perseids will peak on the night of August 11, but you can catch them blazing across the sky right now. This way.

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A Perseid meteor crosses the sky in 2016.


The Perseid meteor shower, a stunning astronomical display, provides eye-opening shooting stars that can be seen blazing Earth. We can thank for the spectacle the debris from the large Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth’s atmosphere. You don’t want to miss it, and here’s how you can see the shower ramp up.

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According to NASA, the annual Perseids are active from now until Aug. 24. The space agency says it is considered “the best meteor shower of the year.” Meteor activity will peak on the night of August 11 and the morning of August 12.

“Meteorites are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, and under ideal conditions observers without clouds can see up to 50 hours,” the Royal Astronomical Society said in a statement about the peak. The moon would be just a slayer that night, giving the onlookers a nice dark sky to work with.

The Perseids are popular for their reliability and spectacular fireball ability. In a Perseids lecturer designed for the northern hemisphere, NASA said, “The Perseids are one of the most plentiful (50 to 100 meteors sightings per hour) and are accompanied by a warm summer night season, which makes it easier to monitor the sky.” Allows people to see them easily.”

on 26th July, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center shared an image of a streaking Perseid meteor Viewed by a camera at Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona.

Fireballs can happen when large pieces of comet debris strike the atmosphere, creating long, shiny streaks, the kind that make you say “Whoa!” Ready to get excited? Check out these photos from last year’s shower:

catch a shooting star

In its simplest form, watching a meteor shower is all about getting out at night and looking up, but there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of catching a good show. If you’re a super-early riser then you’re in luck. Before dawn is a prime time to watch, but NASA also says you can see the meteors as early as 10 p.m. local time.

Some of the biggest barriers to good meteor viewing are cloudy weather and light pollution. Aim for a clear night and try to stay away from city lights. A hammock, blanket, or a chair that leans back will keep you from straining your neck. Give your eyes plenty of time to adjust to the darkness.

You can see meteors anywhere in the sky, although they get their name because they appear to be emanating from the constellation Perseus. To find Perseus, Check out a Stargazing App Which will help you to locate the constellation. The Perseus isn’t the shower’s actual source, but it can be helpful in tracking down the sometimes elusive streaks of light.

watch a livestream

The Virtual Telescope Project will host a livestreamed Perseids viewing session on Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. PT. “This year, the sky conditions will be perfect, with no moon interference,” VTP founder Gianluca Masi said in an announcement.

You don’t need to wait for the mid-August peak to enjoy the action. A dark spot on a clear night can provide a worthwhile viewing experience during the Perseids’ journey. Catch those shooting stars as long as you can.

Follow Nerdshala’s 2021 space calendar to stay updated with all the latest space news this year. You can also add it to your Google Calendar.

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