Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight

Perseid meteor shower 2019 How to see the best meteor shower of the year

They're called Perseids because their radiant - the area of the sky where meteors appear to originate from - is located near the constellation Perseus, the American Meteor Society explained. Regarded as one of the best meteor showers of the year, its something space buffs won't want to miss.

Up to 100 meteors per hour could shoot across the sky tonight.

The Perseid meteor shower, caused by debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, started in late July.

In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour. The popular meteor shower has been underway since mid-July, and on Monday night the celestial spectacle will reach its peak.

The annual Perseids meteor shower will hit its crescendo Tuesday (Aug. 13) night, and armchair astronomers can tune in to a livestream on the Taipei Astronomical Museum's YouTube channel.

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"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere", NASA said.

According to astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel, the best time to view the meteor shower would be the nights prior to its peak at around midnight.

Tonight (between August 12-13) will be the best time to see it this year.

Under ideal viewing conditions, up to 100 Perseids can shoot across the sky. Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours. "However, there are so many meteors during this shower, don't hesitate to view during the evening". And if that doesn't work and you fail to spot any meteors, you can track the events through NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.

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