Best chance to catch perseid meteor shower over IoM

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The shower is expected to produce just 15-20 meteors per hour, far fewer than the 80 per hour during the peak a year ago.

The Perseids has been somewhat visible since July 14 and will last until August 24.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere will be treated to the best views, provided they can escape the light pollution from towns and cities.

The Perseids meteors appears as streaks of light in the sky. It will become most prominent during its peak on August 12 to 13.

The event is one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurring each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are back to put on their annual August show, though a almost full moon might cut down on the number of shooting stars visible, reports Accuweather.

In particularly good years, which do not include 2019, as many as 200 Perseids are visible per hour.

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"A very bright moon washes out a lot of light", said Goetz.

Mike Hankey of the American Meteor Society said: "This month our main focus is the Perseid meteor shower". NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13. NASA said the best viewing times are between 2 a.m. Tuesday local time and dawn. The Perseids are visible all over the sky. You don't have to use a telescope or binoculars to observe the meteor shower, just lie on your back for thirty minutes and let your eyes adjust to the dark.

How To Watch 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower From India? 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. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras.

The Perseid Watch has been taking place since 6 August and will continue until 19 August, no special equipment is required and more details on how to get in touch can be found here.

As NASA explains, Meteor showers take their name from the location of the radiant. The meteors are called the Perseids because they radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus.

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