Look up! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks August 12

Look up! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks August 12

Look up! The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks August 12

People in Louth and across Ireland are in for a treat this weekend, with the news that the annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible in our skies.

The shower peaks August 12 when the Earth is in the dustiest part of the comet trail, producing 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour. Physics Astronomy billed the shower with an all-caps headline, claiming "THE BRIGHTEST METEOR SHOWER IN THE RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY IS HAPPENING".

The meteors - traveling at a rate of about 37 miles per second - are caused by the earth passing through debris in the wake of Comet Swift-Tuttle, seemingly radiating out of the constellation Perseus.

You have plenty of time to see the Perseids Meteor Shower as it will take place on Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13.

It is expected to peak this weekend - on the mornings of August 11th, 12th, and 13th.

"To be honest, it's not a good year" for the Perseids, said Robert Massey, acting executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London. Perseus is just north of the W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia in the Milky Way, with the bright star Capella and the Pleiades star cluster below it. Meteors near the radiant will have short trails because we see them almost straight on, while those far from the radiant will look longer because they are seen from the side.

The natural phenomenon can be viewed without a telescopeHow can I watch the Perseid meteor shower? Night owls are welcome for this one, as it may be a long night.

Got that sleeping bag ready?

Your best opportunity to see the most of the show will be away from the constant hum of city lights.

So try and find a spot that's dark and generally open, with minimal light pollution.

Places like Hoshalli, Savandurga and Kunti Betta on the outskirts of Bengaluru could give you a better view. Meteor-shower watchers should be patient and allow their eyes time to adjust to the darkness.

If you wear a baseball cap sideways, you'll also cover any glare from the moon.

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