Best times to watch the 2019 Perseid meteor shower

Tuesday, 13 Aug, 2019

You can head out tonight to see the Perseid meteor shower, but the best time will be in the overnight hours on August 11-12 and 12-13.

This year, the meteor shower peaks between the night of August 12 and the morning hours of August 13. Perseid meteors are caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

One of the year's best displays of shooting stars is set for tonight, as the Perseids meteor shower hits its peak.

If the sky is clear, you'll be able to see the Perseid meteor shower at its peak. The shower will peak Monday night but it will be visible all weekend so you have multiple chances to see this meteor shower before it ends later this month.

If you've got the time, try to give yourself about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark (ahem - that means putting the phone down, as the screen will affect your vision).

While shooting stars will be most numerous on Monday, it won't be the only time stargazers can see the meteor showers.

Following these helpful tips and being sure to avoid light as much as possible will get you a ticket to one of the best shows of the year.

This information-laid out in a study published recently in the Journal of Environmental Management-may be particularly beneficial to skywatchers who want to find the best viewing spots for the spectacular Perseid meteor shower, which is now in full swing. Fireballs are often associated with this meteor shower. According to NASA, in years with no moonlight, the Perseids usually produce around 60 meteors per hour. It is called a periodic comet because it returns again and again every 133 years. But any reason is good enough to go outside and appreciate the night sky. According to NASA's page, the "Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs", and despite the full Moon it is worth watching these.

Their radiant which is the point in the sky from which the Perseids seem to come from is the constellation Perseus.

The darker the sky is, the better the Perseids will be seen.

And you don't need a telescope to enjoy the show, Coban said. The Perseids first appeared in late July and are active until August 24, according to Forbes.