Prime Perseid Meteors Viewing Arrives After Midnight

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The next major meteor shower is the Orionids, which peaks October 20 through October 21.

The world-famous meteor shower arrives this time every year, peaking in mid-August. It is easily viewable in the Northern Hemisphere with the naked eye, as no doubt, many folks noticed over the weekend.

In terms of best viewing times, he said: "If you go out at 10.00pm, you might see the brighter meteors, 11.00pm [you are] definitely more likely to see something - looking to the north-west, generally".

If 2 too late, any time after moonrise will do, writes CNET's Eric Mack, your eyes will need about 20 minutes to adjust to the nighttime sky before you'll start spotting "shooting stars".

Local photographer and astronomy buff Jim Cruff confirms that cloud cover over the past few nights has created a bit of a viewing challenge. People in the northern part of the country will have higher chances of witnessing the meteor shower, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) said in a statement.

"Meteor showers usually occur at specific intervals". Even with the three-quarter moon in our skies, the brighter meteors will glow nicely, he added.

Once you've decided on the ideal time and a place with minimal light interference and a wide view of the sky, just lie back, let your eyes adjust and relax.

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

Last year, visibility was not great as the brightness of the moon outshone the meteor shower. Just know that you won't see almost as many as you would had you gone out during the early morning hours. Astronomers and stargazers eagerly wait for this meteor show as they get to see 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.

"Binoculars are low-cost, portable and as superior as a small telescope". According to the American Meteor Society, a non-profit scientific organization founded in 1911, these showers are celestial events, in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards. There is going to be a live stream of the meteor shower as well that you can catch on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.



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