Perseids to peak Monday night into Tuesday morning

Perseids meteor shower peaks 13 August brings best odds to spot shooting star in 2019

The meteors can be seen in all directions, NASA says, so there isn't a need to look in any one direction. Summer meteor showers are charming and delicate, and people will be able to see the fantastic show in just a few days. Sky watchers will have the best luck from 10pm Monday and on into the wee hours, notes the Washington Post.

This year, the nearly full moon will be shining bright almost all night long, and cloudy conditions will be an issue for many spectators, specifically those watching in New York City.

The Perseids meteor shower, ongoing from 17 July to 26 August this year, is culminating on 12-13 August.

Cloudy skies and a bright moon will combine to make it hard, if not impossible, to see the Perseid meteor shower tonight.

A meteor (top L) speeds past windmills at the San Gregornio Pass Wind Farm near Whitewater, Calif., Aug. 13, 2015 during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

If all that fails, a live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera in Huntsville, AL will also be available on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting around 8pm ET (1am United Kingdom time) and continuing until the early hours of 13 August. The shower is best seen in the Northern Hemisphere down to the mid-southern latitudes.

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"The Perseid meteor shower is ready to put a great shows up there, this year", the YouTube description reads.

On clear nights, in recent years, those lucky observers have seen as many of 150 to 200 meteors per hour.

If you miss this year's shower, there's always the Quadrantid meteor shower, which will be active from December 12 through January 12, with the peak rate of meteors on January 4. They are called the Perseids because their radiant - otherwise known as the area of the sky where meteors appear to originate from - is located near the constellation Perseus, according to the American Meteor Society. Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said to Thrillist that on the night of August 12, we'll have a waxing gibbous moon.

At its peak, the shower can produce up to 100 meteors per hour.

NASA said it will also be broadcasting the Perseids live from a camera in Huntsville, Alabama, on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page starting at 8 p.m.

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