Photographer Chris Bakley captured this image of the Perseid meteor shower in the early hours of August 12, 2019 in Stone Harbor, N.J. Chris Bakley What are the Perseids? If you miss the peak, the Perseids will still be around until about August 24, but with gradually diminished rates of meteors.
The Perseids meteors appears as streaks of light in the sky.
The moon is 92% full tonight which may dim our view of them a bit more.
The meteors are caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.
NASA reports that the best possible time to spot the impressive shower will be slim, because this special astronomical event will be interrupted by another more common one: a almost full moon. Before then, the moon will already be low in the early hours and the brighter meteors will cut through. The nearly-full moon will be shining bright almost all night long, making it hard to see numerous dimmer meteors.
Once evening falls, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.
If you're willing to buck the odds, the best time to see the Perseid shower is 2 a.m. until dawn. The Perseids are visible all over the sky. There's no great trick to seeing the Perseids-just look up, though you may want to look away from the moon to the darkest part of the sky.
"Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable". The brightness from the screens of phones or other devices will have a negative impact on night vision, thus preventing optimum stargazing. And the light show is hitting its crescendo Monday and Tuesday, and early birds will get the best views. Keep in mind these are black and white cameras. This will start around 8 mp ET on August 12, which is 5.30 am IST on August 13. The Watch began on August 6 and will continue until August 19.
It is called Perseids because of direction they appear to hail - the radiant - from is in the constellation Perseus.