The bright Perseids are the most popular meteor shower of the year and is caused when the Earth passes through a stream of debris left by the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Swift-Tuttle has a 133-year orbital period, but we experience a yearly meteor shower due to variations in the earth’s orbit and width of the debris stream.
The Perseids meteor shower peaks every year in mid-August; in 2019, this peak is expected to occur on the night of August 13th. On this night, you can expect to see up to 80 meteors per hour!
Unfortunately, the moon will be nearly full and 95% illuminated which will interfere with seeing some of the meteors. Nevertheless, it should still be one of the best meteor showers of 2019.
When to see them?
Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to Aug. 24, with the shower’s peak occurring on Aug. 12-13. You can see the Perseid meteor shower best in the Northern Hemisphere and down to the mid-southern latitudes.
What do you need to see them?
Go to a dark area, in the countryside, and prepare to sit outside for a few hours. It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and the longer you wait outside, the more you’ll see.
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