How to see Perseids meteor shower and where to get best view
Aug 11 2018
This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early leaving a dark canvas for the meteors' bright streaks.
The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018. This meteor shower happens annually every August, this year's active period is from July 17 to August 24.
What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?
The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will be visible from October 2 to November 7 and is expected to peak on the night of Oct. 21-22. The meteors will appear to come from the constellation Perseus with Cassiopeia just above.
If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint. But you might be able to catch a glimpse from the more northerly latitudes, with Brisbane expecting from 4 meteors per hour and Darwin up to 20. The best time to view is after midnight each night.
When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors.
But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?
Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. You can tune in at any time to watch the show, and the last four hours of the stream will remain archived and viewable after the broadcast is complete.
According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although previous year saw about 80 an hour.
Dr. Auld says that if you have several people together, a lot of the times two people will say oh there's one, but they're pointing in completely separate directions because there's more than one at the same moment. The Perseids are best seen after 11 PM, away from city lights, and while looking at the northeastern sky. Our advice? Bring a rug, a flask of tea (or, you know, whiskey - pick your poison) and some insect repellent, and get gazing.
The Perseids can be witnessed in the northern sky whenever the meteors enter Earth's atmosphere throughout the day.