August 2019 Meteor Shower: Perseids

Delta Aquariids 2019 meteor shower – Everything you need to know

Dueling meteor showers peaking Monday will be visible across the country

In late summer through whole three cosmic events in the night sky can be seen a attractive shooting stars from the meteor flows due to alpha Capricorn, South of the Delta Aquarids, as well as the Perseids, reports the with reference for Today. They are best viewed in the southern hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern hemisphere.

It is relatively mild and rarely produces more than five meteors per hour.

A New Moon occurs on July 31 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching the nights before the peak night.

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Depending on where you're located, it will likely be easier to see one shower versus the other. Stargazers are also advised to settle in an area where the entire dome of the sky is visible and, most importantly, to be patient.

The difference in visibility has to do with where each of the showers originates.

These meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

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Where Does The Perseid Meteor Shower Come From? NASA scientists, who have nicknamed the Perseids "fireball champions", believe that the shiny meteors are a result of Swift-Tuttle's large, 26 km wide, nucleus.

Meteors are created when fragments break off of comets or asteroids. When entering the Earth's atmosphere these fragments are strongly heated by friction and burn, which is accompanied by the attractive effect of "falling stars", during which it is customary to make a wish. In most instances, space rocks are debris left behind in a comet's orbit. "This comet debris gets strewn out along the comet's path, especially in the inner solar system (where we live) as the sun's heat boils off more and more ice and debris". You can either camp out in the wild away from the city lights, or enjoy it from the comfort of your backyard. Lying on your back and looking up maximizes the amount of sky within the range of your vision. Paired with the Delta Aquariid this week, those few meteors should help light up parts of the sky. That's because it will take their eyes between 10 to 15 minutes to get accustomed to the dark skies and then as long, or even longer, to see a flashing meteor.

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