Skywatchers brace themselves for Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid meteor shower expected to be highly visible thanks to new moon

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Skywatchers are expecting a spectacular show of the Perseids meteor shower on Wednesday night thanks to a new moon coinciding with the shower - which last happened in 2007.

NASA has said the shower will most probably peak on Wednesday night, August 12 and towards the early hours of Thursday on August 13.

“The last time the Perseids' peak coincided with a new moon was in 2007, making this one of the best potential viewings in years,” said NASA.

Nasa has reported that the Perseids which are a prolific meteor shower is associated with the comet Swift-Turtle- which orbits the sun once every 133 years. The meteor shower has been observed for at least 2,000 years and is visible every August.

Skywatchers are expecting a show of pieces of comet Swift-Turtle to hit the Earth’s atmosphere at more than 133,000 mph and burn up.

The best way to watch the show is to lie down in the dark says NASA’s Bill Cooke.

“The darker the sky, the better viewing experience you can have. Lie on the ground and look straight up. Remember, your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, so allow plenty of time for your eyes to adjust,” Cooke has recommended on NASA’s blog.

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