Perseid meteor shower begins: When, where to see it

Perseid meteor shower begins: When, where to see it

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The Perseids – one of the biggest meteor showers of the year – have returned this summer.

According to NASA, the evenings of August 12 and 13 will be a great opportunity for skywatchers to catch the show.

However, a full moon can negatively affect the view this year.

The agency notes that the Perseids are generally active from July 14 to August 24.

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INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA - AUGUST 17, 2021 - The Perseid meteor shower is seen over the Tengger Desert in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on August 17, 2020.

INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA – AUGUST 17, 2021 – The Perseid meteor shower is seen over the Tengger Desert in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on August 17, 2020.
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According to FOX Weather, storms can also be a negative factor, and the channel said that July 28 – when there is a new moon – will also be an excellent time to look at the stars.

The channel noted that, depending on where the viewer is in the Northern Hemisphere, up to 40 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak of the shower.

The Perseids occur when Earth crosses through the stream of debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle and its meteors – most of which are the size of peas – create bright “shooting stars” as they burn up in the planet’s atmosphere.

Photo montage taken on August 13, 2021 shows the night sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower over an ecological demonstration zone in Engebei in the Kubuqi Desert, north of China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Photo montage taken on August 13, 2021 shows the night sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower over an ecological demonstration zone in Engebei in the Kubuqi Desert, north of China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
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The meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus, or the “radiant” of the shower, but can be seen streaking across the sky anywhere at a speed of 37 miles per second.

The shower is also known for its fireballs, which can last longer than the average meteor streak.

The Perseid meteor shower is seen over the Zhongtiao mountain range in Yuncheng city, north China's Shanxi province, on August 14, 2021.

The Perseid meteor shower is seen over the Zhongtiao mountain range in Yuncheng city, north China’s Shanxi province, on August 14, 2021.
(Photo credit should read Costfoto/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Swift-Tuttle orbits between the Sun and beyond Pluto’s orbit once every 133 years.

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Every year, Earth passes close to the comet’s path.

NASA says there is no chance the planet will collide with the comet anytime soon.

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