This Is the Best Time to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

Michele Stevens
August 13, 2018

With the nightly moon waxing and waning, and meteor showers lighting up the darkness, it can be an exciting time to hang out with friends and family for some celestial entertainment this August and September. Sleeping bags, blankets and food and drink supplies can all help make for a more comfortable experience while you're out searching for shooting stars. These internationally recognized areas possess an exceptional quality of starry nights, making them ideal for shows like this one.

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. The meteors will appear to originate in the northeast sky.

The meteor shower is a result of debris falling from the tail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle bursting into Earth's atmosphere.

They're bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus.

It's mid August, and that means fun family viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower in Maine.

Cooke says if you plan on watching the show, just relax, look up and enjoy the meteor show.

How many meteors will we see?

But one particular shower is considered the most incredible of the year - and it's coming very soon. The number of meteors left behind during the 1990's was high, but figures are now falling and the comet will not be as close again until 2125. As these particles move in their elliptical path, Earth can pass through that path, meaning that both the Earth and these particles will collide.

The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station. Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark. To see this phenomenon, you don't need to be located at the top of a mountain, use a telescope or wear eye protection.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? As the first 30 minutes pass, you'll start to notice more and more features showing up in the sky - you'll be able to spot more stars and constellations.

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