This weekend is the height of the yearly Perseids meteor bathe, and if you happen to’re fortunate, you would possibly be capable to spot a flurry of taking pictures stars overhead. Views shall be hampered, nevertheless, by a full moon which sadly coincides with the occasion and which is able to make the bathe more durable to see.
The bathe was in full swing yesterday night between Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13, and regardless of the difficulty of the moon’s brightness, there have been nonetheless some gorgeous images captured from world wide. Tonight you’ll have one other likelihood to see the bathe, and it’ll proceed all through this week however will regularly tail off — so the earlier you’ll be able to catch it, the higher.
The rationale that the complete moon interferes with seeing the Perseids is due to its brightness, which washes out the smaller streaks of brightness attributable to the meteors passing via Earth’s environment. So that you’ll see fewer meteors, however among the brighter ones will nonetheless be seen.
“Sadly, this yr’s Perseids peak will see the worst potential circumstances for spotters,” mentioned NASA astronomer Invoice Cooke, who leads the Meteoroid Atmosphere Workplace at NASA’s Marshall Area Flight Heart in Huntsville, Alabama, in a press release. “Most of us in North America would usually see 50 or 60 meteors per hour, however this yr, throughout the regular peak, the complete Moon will scale back that to 10-20 per hour at finest.”
Your finest likelihood to see the bathe is to discover a darkish space as removed from gentle sources reminiscent of road lights as you’ll be able to. Lie in your again and look as much as the sky, giving your eyes time to regulate to the darkish — this could take round half an hour, so don’t take a look at your telephone because the brightness from the display can hamper the method. You don’t want a telescope or binoculars to see the meteors — simply hold your eyes on the sky and look out for taking pictures factors of sunshine.