UNITED STATES: Every year, the Perseid meteor shower returns between July and August, allowing sky-watchers to take advantage of the last few hot weeks of the season outside while gazing up into the night sky.
NASA states that the Perseids are most active between July 17 and August 24. The sky will be covered with the most meteors during this year’s peak, which is anticipated to occur between August 11 and 13.
Depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere during the peak, you can see up to 40 meteors each hour. Swift-Tuttle debris creates the Perseid meteor shower. Each summer, when Earth passes the comet, Swift-Tuttle debris forms the shooting stars we see in the sky. The comet will not soon collide with our world, according to NASA.
A clear sky overhead is the most important requirement to see the meteor shower. The second most important viewing circumstance you want is a dark sky free of light pollution. Consider visiting a state or national park that allows overnight camping if you reside in a large metropolis.
Wherever you live, even if you can go outside, take a moment to let your eyes get used to the darkness before looking up. Putting your phone down is part of this. According to Linda Mazzu of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, the best dark sky park in the United States is Bryce Canyon, National Park.
For Indian readers, one of the best places in the nation for stargazing is the vast salt desert of the Rann of Kutch. This stunning environment is well-liked by astronomers and Astro photographers and is equally peaceful and lovely. Given the size of this the geographical phenomenon, stargazing with the naked eye, is simple in this location.
Sadly, the August full moon occurs on August 11, which can ruin the view.
The busy pattern of thunderstorms for the southwest and southeast, which is typical for this time of year, is another factor working against the Perseids this year and most summers.
The pinnacle of the meteor shower is expected on Friday. With clear skies and no light pollution, Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska will offer the most outstanding views of the meteor shower.
No matter where you live, the Perseid Meteor Shower will last until August 24. This gives you plenty of time to wait for the weather to be favorable for viewing the stars.
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