Two Meteor Showers Will Be Lighting Up the Sky Tonight

Two Meteor Showers Will Be Lighting Up the Sky Tonight

The August 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower is visible every night for about two weeks before and after its peak which occurs on the night of August 12th until dawn on August 13th.

On this occasion, the observatory - named after Armenian physicist Viktor Hambardzumian - will hold lectures for visitors titled "Dangerous Asteroids".

An uncommon black moon at the end of July is making for prime viewing of a few meteor showers: The Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower and the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Where Does The Perseid Meteor Shower Come From?
However, don't despair if you miss out on the Delta Aquariid meteor shower, the best is still to come. In most instances, space rocks are debris left behind in a comet's orbit.

The comet of origin for the Perseids meteor shower is called 109P/Swift-Tuttle, and it's huge - its nucleus is about 16 miles across, or twice the estimated size of the object that scientists believe wiped out the dinosaurs. When entering the Earth's atmosphere these fragments are strongly heated by friction and burn, which is accompanied by the handsome effect of "falling stars", during which it is customary to make a wish. The Moon will still be an issue however and the number of potential meteors will also be much lower as the Earth will no longer be passing through the denser regions of the meteor stream.

When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors. This year the Perseids will appear in all its glory, because their appearance coincided with the new moon, and the Moon will not Eclipse them with his light.

If you really want to see meteors - and a lot of them, at that - it's recommended that not only do you get away from light pollution but that you let your eyes get used to seeing in the dark. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. This is usually faint meteors that lack as "star rain", and "balls of fire".

"Find an area well away from city or street lights".

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view. This shower is known for producing bright mesmerizing explosions in the sky, and this one's active from July 3 through August 11.

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