Perseid meteor shower lights up Georgia skies

Rosemary Collier
August 13, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower could be seen across the globe, including in Europe, the United States and Canada. NASA recommends heading out to see the show during predawn hours, but meteor streaks may appear as early as 10 pm; see an updated list of activity here.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

This year was set to be an incredible display, as the new moon left the sky darker than usual.

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The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the sky and hence the name Perseids.

"The origin of the Perseid meteor shower is explained by tiny particles originating from a comet called Swift-Tuttle". It can take 20 minutes for someone's eyes to adjust to the darknessOGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/REUTERSThe view was impressive even outside the Helmos Observatory near Kalavrita, GreeceALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS/REUTERSNational parks such as Mavrovo in the Republic of Macedonia offered good spots away from light pollutionOGNENTEOFILOVSKI/REUTERSPierre-Percée lake in France.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

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Gal suggests that starry-eyed hopefuls view the meteor shower in dark places with low cloud coverage like Makapuu or Sandy's Beach. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky!

Stargazers who want to see the show without risking mosquito bites can also watch the meteor shower on a live stream here. The bugs have calmed down, weather is flawless, you'll have a meteor shower to watch and the fire ban has been lifted at Algonquin Park.

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