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Perseid 2015: Meteor Shower Peaks This Week, Here’s How You Can Watch It

Perseid 2015: Meteor Shower Peaks This Week, Here’s How You Can Watch It
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Perseid 2015: Meteor Shower Peaks This Week, Here’s How You Can Watch It

This year, the Perseid meteor shower will provide the brightest view in years because of a coinciding new moon.

“The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower,” NASA said.

When Will The Meteor Shower Peak?

The celestial event, which falls in the Perseus constellation in the northeastern part of the sky, will occur late Wednesday night through the pre-dawn hours of Thursday.

During this year’s Perseid meteor, the moon will be almost invisible during its peak, according to International Business Times. The best time to watch the phenomena will be at 4 a.m. on August 13, when skygazers will be able to see almost 100 meteors an hour, as reported by Universe Today.

The American Meteor Society and Sky & Telescope have maps to help locate the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus. Observers can also make use of iOS and Google Android applications like Skyview.

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“Pastures or farms are good” to view the meteor shower, NASA’s meteor expert Bill Cooke said.

“Anywhere where there’s a clear sky – state parks, national parks,” are also ideal places to view the celestial event, he said, as reported by Business Insider.

“Normally with the other meteor showers I’d say you’d see none, but the Perseids have a few very bright ones and you might see those from the city. People in cities shouldn’t expect to see more than a handful of Perseids over the course of one night.”

He further said, “If you can’t get away from the city, you need to put yourself in the shadow of a building where you can still see a lot of sky,” Cooke said. “Go somewhere dark where there’s not a street light bearing down you.”

What Are Perseid Meteors?

According to USA Today, NASA explains Perseid meteors as particles comprising of dust and ice from the Swift-Tuttle comet. Each August, the comet and Earth cross paths, and the particles from the comet enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn, producing an atmospheric light show.

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