Massive meteor shower should reach its peak August 12-13

Massive meteor shower should reach its peak August 12-13

Massive meteor shower should reach its peak August 12-13

While the Perseid meteor shower will be visible on Saturday night, the real show comes on Sunday, with peak shooting star activity happening the night of August 12 to 13.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

Cooke said the first shooting stars will appear around 10:30 p.m. local time on august 12 and will come with increasing frequency as the night progresses.

Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear".

If a family group are viewing (a great idea) each person should keep their own count and not include meteors seen by others if they did not see them for themselves. Annual meteor showers are created when Earth's orbit around the sun intersects with the wake of a comet's orbit, and debris thrown off from the tail hits our atmosphere and burns up upon entry. The Perseids got their name from the constellation Perseus they come from.

However, if you would rather stay indoors during the shower's peak, the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy will be live streaming the 2018 Perseid meteor shower online.

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You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular showers among stargazers, and for good reason.

The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors.

The weekend weather forecast for Bulgaria has more sunny weather and little cloud cover, which should offer starwatchers a clear view of the Perseid meteor shower peak on August 11-12. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

The next time it will pass is 2126. Try to get as much of the sky in your view, that way you have the best chance at seeing them and allow time for your eyes to adjust to the night-time sky.

The Perseids can be seen between July 17th and August 24th. You can see them with the naked eye, as long as you go to a dark area, away from the city. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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