Qeensland best placed to see meteor shower

Qeensland best placed to see meteor shower

It's one the best opportunities of the year for a celestial show, as the Perseids are known for producing dramatic meteors and even fireballs.

People love the Perseid meteor shower because it's something they can view without any equipment; in fact a telescope is a waste of time, because the meteorites fly by so fast, Twarog said. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to ideal this year.

What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

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"Comets are spectacular and attractive and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".

2018's forecast is looking good: Predicted to peak between 4 p.m. EDT August 12 and 4 a.m. EDT August 13, eager skygazers should enjoy warm temperatures and a Moonless sky, with an estimated 80-90 meteors per hour appearing for those at dark sites. During that optimum period you could see between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.

The Perseids can be witnessed in the northern sky whenever the meteors enter Earth's atmosphere throughout the day. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. This creates the meteor shower, or the appearance of "shooting stars". In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. Venus will be the first to appear after the sun sets and will be best viewed on the western horizon at around 9:30 p.m. local time.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016.

This weekend's show is expected to be particularly spectacular.

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