Look Up, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year Is Here

Dan Little | BDN

Dan Little | BDN

Also detracting from the show this year will a rather bright moon just a few days away from the full moon stage on Thursday, August 15.

The meteors are caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

NASA says it's known as one of the best meteor showers because of the high rate of meteors and the pleasant temperatures for viewing.

In particularly good years, which do not include 2019, as many as 200 Perseids are visible per hour. These are said to create the largest number of meteors every year but not all of these are visible.

Monday night and early Tuesday morning, however, is when it will be at its best. "The best time to see it is with no moon because it makes the sky darker". The Perseids are visible all over the sky.

Space.com will be offering a livestream of the meteor shower on its website starting at 4:40am AEST on Tuesday from Slooh.

In case you live in a city and going out late at night is not a possibility, NASA also has a live stream for the Perseids meteor shower. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras.

Better yet, the Bay Area is filled with area's that boost low light pollution and elevated vantage points to watch (and Instagram) the shower. You can see the Perseid shower in India from the NASA Facebook Watch page on your desktop or computer or mobile given by the time the NASA stream starts, the day would have begun in India thanks to the time difference.

It is called Perseids because of direction they appear to hail - the radiant - from is in the constellation Perseus.

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