Amid rare if not challenging climatological conditions experienced in recent weeks, including wildfires and red tide, there’s perhaps no better time for the Perseid Meteor Shower peak 2018 to arrive, reminding of how vast if not amazing our universe is.
The Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 peaks in the times between 4 p.m. EDT August 12 and 4 a.m. EDT August 13 (that’s Sunday night and overnight hours). The Perseids will combine with “a new moon and an exceptionally dark sky,” according to wired, providing a wonderful glimpse that may be worth a look.
You can watch outside (recommended) unless there’s smoke in your view. And note: the Perseid Meteor Showers peak overnight Sunday, but you can catch some tonight, Saturday night, in the overnight hours as well. You will just see fewer meteors than at peak overnight Sunday.
If smoke or clouds is in your view then a Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Live Stream may be your best bet. You can watch it here or below, at the bottom of this story. Slooh will broadcast for eight hours, with astronomers in the live feed answering questions. You can find another live stream here from Astronomy that runs overnight August 12-13 during the peak.
The Perseid Meteor Showers are an annual summer event that stargazers know well, benefitting from a “ moonless sky, the product of dust breaking off from the same Swift-Tuttle comet that sends its greetings to Earth every August,” Wired reports.
The Perseids may be getting more attention this year due to the climate change impacts underway including the wildfires, but others may say that any Perseid peak is a good Perseid peak. On Sunday night when the Perseid shower peaks you can expect 50 to 100 meteors per hour under clear, dark skies, according to NASA.
“With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long “wakes” of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere,” NASA said.