Perseids to dazzle PH skies

The radiant for the Perseids or area from where the meteors seem to originate is in the constellation Perseus

The radiant for the Perseids or area from where the meteors seem to originate is in the constellation Perseus

According to Space, the shower will peak on August 11 and August 12, but NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke stated one can expect a better show on August 12. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and 12-13.

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible nearly all over the world - but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere.

Skywatchers should be able to see between 60 and 70 per hour at the peak.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA.

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24.

The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at some 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. This year, the moon is in its new phase, which means it won't cast too much distracting light. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular. This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

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