How To View The Perseids

The Perseid meteor shower is here! It reached its peak Tuesday as well as Wednesday night. The Perseid meteors are caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. For the best viewing, NASA recommends getting outside around 2 a.m. local time, and it says the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday in particular will be best.

With the Perseids, there’s no need for special equipment or figuring out which part of the sky to watch. Just look up, preferably in an area free of light pollution. These should be visible any time from after 9 p.m. until dawn, though moon-rise will cause them to be less noticeable.

If you miss the peak nights it isn’t the end. You can continue looking for meteors for another 10 days or so beyond that. NASA has one more tip: Give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness, which takes about 30 minutes. And, yes, that would mean not looking at your phone.

A live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will be available on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting around 8 p.m. CDT on Aug. 11 and continuing until sunrise on Aug. 12. Meteor videos recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network are also available each morning; to identify Perseids in these videos, look for events labeled “PER.”

Source: NASA.

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