Publicado: Jue, Agosto 09, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Experts say that the show will take place on the nights of August 11-13 with about 60-70 meteors falling each hour during the peak hours.

The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13.

The very popular Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend and it will be extra special this year because of the new moon making the skies extra dark.

"Meteor showers like the Perseids are caused by streams of meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere", NASA said on Tumblr. Although not an outburst year (150-200 meteors per hour) spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour this weekend.

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The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, according to Gary Boyle, an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who is known as "The Backyard Astronomer". At this time, you will be able to see the most shooting stars. NASA reports that it's possible to see meteors in the shower as early as 10 p.m. local time, but pre-dawn hours are better for viewing. The best thing to do is go to a dark area, like the suburbs or a more rural area.

Where to look? Look to the North-NE and find the constellation Perseus and most meteorites will appear to come from the top of this constellation.

The Perseid meteor shower may be an annual event, but it's such an exciting celestial show that it's always worth another look.

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