Best meteor shower of 2018 visible over Middle TN this weekend

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity". We began 2018 with the rare Super Blue Blood Moon, followed by the Lyrid Meteor Shower and earlier this month, we witnessed another Blood Moon. Speaking from experience, I used to watch the show as a kid living a mile from New York's JFK airport, and I generally saw a handful of meteors from my backyard with all the house lights turned off. Steve did not know offhand the time the shower will peak, but said it is best to wait until after 11 p.m.to start looking.

The Perseid meteors are one of the most active meteor showers of the year with as many as 100 shooting stars appearing on an hourly rate. The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, so every August, the Earth passes through the comet's debris field.

How to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India? "Under ideal conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour".

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

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Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. Kristin Hendershot, a NASA solar system ambassador, says the park is one of the best places to view it because of the darkness. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky. According to NASA's website, this weekend promises dark nights due to diminished moonlight from the new moon, bringing "some of the better skies" to view the cosmic spectacle.

A number of planets will also be highly visible.

Head outside after 11 p.m., when the Perseus constellation is higher in the sky.

"If you look at the radiant point you will see short meteor bursts whereas if you look a little bit off you'll see the longer trails as they hit our atmosphere".

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