Don’t miss the Perseids Meteor Shower this week!

The Perseids meteor shower is going to peak between the 11th and 13th of August this year.  Astrophysicist Chrysanthos Fakas stated that this year’s meteor shower is expected to be ‘spectacular’ as double the usual number of shooting stars are likely to occur.  This annual occurrence is always a beautiful sight, but this year is predicted to be one of the best in around 20 years – we highly recommend you take a little time to look up at the sky over the next couple of nights – a holiday memory to last a lifetime if you’re patient enough!

Perseid meteor shower

If you intend on watching the meteor shower, it is advised that you leave areas that contain a lot of light pollution (e.g. cities) and head to a dark area with visibility being highest after 10:30pm.

Comet Swift-Tuttle

Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the direction, or radiant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same direction as the constellation Perseus, which can be found in the north-eastern part of the sky.

While the skies light up several time a year by other meteor showers, the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers. This is because at its peak, one can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.

Where Can I See the Perseids?

The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look be
tween the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you).

While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location.

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