WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The best meteor shower of the year is happening this summer.
- The 2021 Perseids Meteor Shower will peak by mid-August.
- The celestial event will be visible to everyone around the world.
The best meteor shower of the year will be seen starting Wednesday, according to NASA.
The 2021 Perseids Meteor Shower, considered the ultimate celestial event of the summer, is known for its large explosions of light and color that last longer than the usual meteor streak.
According to NASA, the “very fast and bright meteors” will be active until August 24, and will peak by mid-August.
If the weather is good, approximately 50-100 meteors per hour will be seen in the sky, with each meteor having the speed of 37 miles per second, says NASA.
The Perseids meteor shower was named after the constellation Perseus and originates from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered by astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle in 1862, per NASA.
It takes 133 years for the celestial object to orbit the sun, which means it last appeared in the solar system in 1992, NASA reported.
The comet is nearly twice as big as the object believed to have sent the dinosaurs to extinction, says NASA. EarthSky.org reports that it will be easy to witness the celestial event for everyone around the world.
NASA recommends viewing the Perseids from the Northern Hemisphere between 2 a.m. and dawn to get the best view. Some meteors may also be seen as early as 9 or 10 p.m.
On their site, NASA wrote, “If it’s not cloudy, pick an observing spot away from bright lights, lay on your back, and look up! You don’t need any special equipment to view the Perseids – just your eyes.”
NASA also reminds everyone to let their eyes become adjusted to the dark to see the meteors better. The space agency also warns against looking at devices with bright screens as it can affect your night vision, reducing the number of meteors you see.
According to NASA experts, the last quarter phase of the moon will also significantly reduce the meteors’ visibility.
NASA will also stream a live broadcast of the meteor shower from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, starting on Aug. 11 at around 8 p.m. CD until sunrise on Aug. 12.
NASA All Sky Fireball Network will also record videos of the meteor shower, which will be available each morning.