Its time for the spectacular yearly show of the Perseid media shower, the event will peak early Thursday at around 4 am EST and is expected to deliver as much as 100 meteors an hour, streaming across the sky and burning up in the atmosphere.
The meteors are fragments from the comet Swift-Tuttle which completes an orbit around the earth every 133 years, the comet has been in the news before as it is expected to pass dangerously close to Earth or the Moon on August 14, 2126.
For the best view, NASA recommends looking towards the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia in the north eastern part of the sky. If you don’t know where to look you can find the constellations with Astroviewer.
The moon phase this year is extremely favorable and the 2015 shower is expected to be particularly spectacular for viewers in the northern hemisphere as the peak of the shower occurring between Wednesday and Thursday coincides with the new moon.
NASA has some tips as to how to get the most out of the spectacular show that is the Perseid meteor shower. If possible, it is best to get as far away from a city center or other polluting light source as possible, check you local weather forecast to avoid clouded areas and dress warm.
Do not use binoculars or telescopes as this will reduce the amount of sky you will see. You should bring a warm blanket and lie down on your back, let your eyes adapt to the dark, after a while you will experience the spectacular show in full.
Facts about the Perseids
Radiant: constellation Perseus
Comet of Origin: 109P/Swift-Tuttle
Active: July 13-Aug. 26, 2015
Peak Activity: Aug. 12-13, 2015
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour
Meteor Velocity: 37 miles (59 kilometers) per second