The Perseid meteor shower, often known as the Perseids, is one of the year’s brightest meteor showers. This year, they should be at their height on the nights of August 13 and 14, when you could view up to 100 meteors per hour. Here’s all you need to know about them, as well as how to recognize them.
The best way to view the Perseid meteor shower
The Perseid meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus. This is because the radiant of the meteor shower, or the direction from which it appears to originate, will be in the same direction as Perseus. According to NASA, the Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year, with rapid and dazzling meteors.
Find a location far away from city lights with as little light pollution as possible to obtain the finest view of the meteor shower. When you arrive, check for the meteor’s radiant, which should be in the Perseus constellation. You can assist yourself by using an AR sky map app such as Photopills or others. Some will assist you in directly identifying the radiant. Once you’ve located the radiant, turn in that direction, find a comfortable position to sit or lie down, and keep an eye out for meteors.