NH Has A Front Row Seat To The Perseid Meteor Shower

On Aug. 9 the waxing gibbous moon pays a visit to the largest planet in the solar system Jupiter.							Andrew Fazekas

On Aug. 9 the waxing gibbous moon pays a visit to the largest planet in the solar system Jupiter. Andrew Fazekas

A almost full moon during this year's annual Perseids could drown some of the meteors from view though there will be less viewing time without the bright moon late Monday into Tuesday, says EarthSky.org. These start around late July and will peak on August 12 night to August 13.

To see it, look to the northeast after 10:00 pm on August 12 and in the early morning hours of August 13 for the best views.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are lovely". As Swift-Tuttle zooms through space, the Sun heats up the icy comet, causing a bunch of loose material like pebbles and dust to fly off.

Most of the time meteoroids burn up before they reach the ground, but if one manages to reach the planet's surface it is known as a meteorite.

The Perseids meteor shower can rain down well over 50 meteors per hour, sometimes as many as 200. The photograph, from the East Rim of Steens Mountain is a 30 second exposure made with the camera mounted to a tripod.

The fireballs are released from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system.

This particular meteor shower is called the Perseids because they hail from the constellation of Perseus.

According to NASA, visible meteor rates will be down from over 60 per hour to 15-20 per hour because of the brightness of the nearly-full moon, unlike a year ago when there was diminished moonlight.

And if the skies are cloudy, you can continue to make wishes on falling stars for many days after the 13th, since this shower is active until August 24.

We're officially in the middle of meteor shower season. Still, lucky observers can even see rare, but attractive earth-grazers - long, slow, colorful meteors streaking across the sky.

"People should consider viewing meteors during the nights leading up to the peak", Samuhel said. It is recommended that you keep that smartphone screen away as bright screens will negatively affect your night vision and also reduces the number of meteors you can spot.

No need for telescopes or even binoculars.

"Meteors can generally be seen all over the sky so don't worry about looking in any particular direction", NASA said.

Or else, they will have to wake up before the dawn to watch the Perseid meteor shower.

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. Some suggest bringing a blanket or chair, as meteor-watching can be a waiting game.

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