Stargazers will enjoy Perseid meteor shower next weekend

Stargazers will be able to enjoy in its peak the Perseid meteor shower during the coming weekend.

According to NASA the Perseids, which peak during mid-August, are considered the best meteor shower of the year.

“The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer night-time weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them,” NASA’s official website reads on the phenomenon.

Despite the fact that this year’s density is expected to be smaller than other years the dark sky will allow a good observation of the phenomenon.
The phenomenon has started since July 17 and is expected to last until 24 August, while it is expected to be at its peak in the late evenings of Saturday and Sunday.

It will be best observed after midnight, in a north-eastern direction, with a naked eye and at a location which is away from city lights, either by the seaside or on the mountain.

“The pieces of space debris that interact with our atmosphere to create the Perseids originate from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Swift-Tuttle takes 133 years to orbit the sun once,” NASA’s website says.

source: CNA