Brighter moon takes sheen off Perseids show

The Perseid meteor shower comes around every year all thanks to an icy space rock known as Comet Swift Tuttle – but thousands of years from now that same comet could bring on the worst mass extinction Earth has seen in hundreds of millions of years

Brighter moon takes sheen off Perseids show

In August of 2018, the Perseid meteor shower will be pretty incredible, as the peak night for seeing it will coincide with a new moon.

Some reports claim that this year's Perseid showers will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history, but NASA unfortunately debunked these claims. In 1833, another Leonid storm reportedly had a rate of at least tens of thousands meteors per hour. This means it will be nearly impossible to see any meteors after the moon rises.

If you stay up late to find your area covered in cloud, or you live in a busy city with high levels of light pollution, then you can watch the live stream here. This shower is a yearly occurrence, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, we get an action-packed show of space dust.

You're in luck if you live in the northern hemisphere or above mid-southern latitudes, because you'll have the clearest view of the shower on Saturday night and Sunday morning. In fact, the meteors which we see nearly certainly broke off from Swift-Tuttle during its 1862 visit and not the 1992 visit.

Following the full moon from August 7, a rather bright waning gibbous on Saturday night could affect your ability to see the shower, impacting the visibility of about half the meteors. His advice for best possible viewing? The dusk of August 12 promises to be the best opportunity to see meteors, but the Perseid meteors will continue to fall through Earth's sky up until August 24.

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