Annual meteor showers are created when Earth's orbit around the sun intersects with the wake of a comet's orbit, and debris thrown off from the tail hits our atmosphere and burns up upon entry. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to flawless this year. Be sure to check your local weather forecast. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones.
Dang Vu Tuan Son, chairman of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association, said the best time to watch the phenomenon would be in the early hours of Monday morning in the northeastern skies.
The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes. The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018.
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Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear. That's fewer than the 150-200 meteors per hour that can be seen in years when the shower is in outburst, but will likely still make for quite the show.
This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the U.S. and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere. Look to the northeast about 40 degrees off the horizon. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.
The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.
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"A meteor shower is a collision between the Earth and the trail of a comet or an asteroid", Dr. Faherty says. "Most particles are about the size of a small rock or beach sand, and they weigh just about 1-2 grams (roughly the same as a paperclip)".
In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak. Hopefully, clear skies will allow for the best viewing. 8-10 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey.
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In a similar way the Geminid meteor shower in December appears to originate from the constellation Gemini. The ramp up to the peak begins overnight Friday into Saturday morning, but the greatest number of visible meteors comes over the weekend.