The spectacular sight of the Perseid meteor shower 2016, which can be seen in the next few days, is being awaited patiently by stargazers. Its occurrence will be visible to the naked eye from the Northern Hemisphere. But those who want to enjoy the sight of the meteor shower by staying indoors can tune into a four-hour stream on Thursday night on Slooh, a space broadcasting website.
“With December’s Geminids spoiled by a full moon, these Perseids will be the best shower of 2016,” astronomer Bob Berman was quoted as saying in a statement by Time. The stream will feature meteorology and astronomy experts and will go live at 8 p.m. EST.
The Perseid meteor shower 2016 will be twice as spectacular this year and will present the most mesmerizing show in the recent history. The nights of August 11 and 12 will be the best time to look out for the meteor shower when it will be at its peak. Though a few shooting stars could be visible after the sunset, stargazers would be the most successful if they consider the time between 10 pm and early morning the next day, NJ reported.
According to the NASA experts, the eyes would need 45 minutes to adjust, before the meteor shower becomes visible. Also, choosing a place that is free from heavy light pollution would allow a better view of the spectacle.
Last year, New Jersey witnessed 100 meteors an hour, but this year’s conditions could double that rate, as earth could end up closer than normal to the comet trails.
“Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12,” Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Ala, said. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.”
According to the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office, eastern Pennsylvania is likely to have partly or mostly clouded skies during the prime time of the Perseid meteor shower 2016. People living closer to the coast are likely to have a better view of the meteor shower, the Philly.com reported.