Perseid meteor shower 2019 peaks tonight: Best times, places to watch; livestream

Starwatch: the Perseids – our most reliable meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight for United Kingdom stargazers, treating us to what is widely seen as the most prolific meteor shower out there.

According to NECN, the sky can flaunt from 50-100 meteors per hour, but the moon will adversely affect this year's show.

It says that telescopes or binoculars are not needed for the event, and that the Perseids can be seen with normal human eyesight. According to NASA's page, the "Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs", and despite the full Moon it is worth watching these.

"Every year, Earth passes through debris paths left by comets as they hurtle past the Sun", Todd said.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Monday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch. "Using either reduces the amount of sky you can see at one time, lowering the odds that you'll see anything but darkness", NASA officials wrote in a meteor shower guide. The shower is active from mid-July until the last week of August when individual meteors zip across the sky.

This will be shown on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting.

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The Perseids will be limited this year, however, by moonlight, which will effectively block viewing of numerous fainter meteors. The shower is best seen in the Northern Hemisphere down to the mid-southern latitudes. The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle.

Skygazers can watch the meteor shower with the naked eye, but there are certain places which will increase your chances of seeing them.

What is the Perseid meteor shower?

NASA recommends you best "stay up late or wake up early" on the nights of August 11, 12 and 13. Although these meteors seem to peak now, they have been visible since the 9th of August and will continue to remain visible for about 10 more days after the peak is over.

You can also go out after dark, around 9pm local time, to watch them - though you won't see almost as many as you would if you braved the early morning hours. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through.

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