Perseids Meteor Shower 2020 – Here Are the Tips to Watch

Perseids Meteor Shower 2020

NASA officially announced that the brightest Perseids Meteor Shower 2020 is going to happen in late July. The occurrence of the Perseids Meteor Shower is near as Comet NEOWISE is making its way out of the solar system. Hence, this celestial show will cause the brightest and rich fireballs dancing in the sky. The different comet will come together and cause celestial show in the sky. So, this celestial show will begin streaking across the skies and will touch peak on August, 12 early in the morning.


However, in this exposure comprising 30 seconds, meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on August 12, 2016, in West Virginia. Furthermore, this perseid show occurs every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris and remaining parts of an ancient comet.


Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Tips to Watch the Celestial Show

Here are the few tips you should try to enjoy the peak show time and make it a memorable instance of your life

First of all, remember the peak show time which is the early hours of July, 12. So, try to stay awake late at night on August, 11 or wake up early on the morning of August, 12. Furthermore, make sure to watch the Perseids between about 2 a.m and dawn. This is because during this time Perseids are clearly visible and best seen. The moon rises at midnight and consequently the viewing window will become brighter and you will enjoy a clear view. However, the presence and phase of the moon will cause a lower frequency of visible meteors. But still, you will be able to watch the meteor at a frequency of one meteor every two minutes during the peak show time.

However, if you are unable to watch the show during this time, do not worry! You can watch a few Perseids at around 9 p.m. But you would not see as many as you would have you gone out during early hours in the morning.

If The Weather Does Not Cooperate

If your local weather condition does not allow you to enjoy the scene you can watch the live broadcast. So, NASA will arrange a live broadcast of the meteor shower from the camera at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center.  However, NASA’s live broadcast is also subject to suitable weather conditions. You can watch the show on NASA Meteor Watch on Facebook. Live streaming will start around 8 p.m CDT on August, 11 and will be available till sunrise. Furthermore, videos recorded by NASA’s All Sky Fireball Network available each morning. In order to look at the Perseids, search for the events labeled as “PER”.

Nomenclature Of Perseids

All meteors in one specific meteor shower have identical orbits. Furthermore, they all come from the same location in the sky, called The Radiant. So, Perseid radiant is located in the constellation Perseus. Similarly, a Geminid meteor shower occurs during the month of December. This meteor shower is named after the radiant in the constellation Gemini.

Pro Tips to Watch Perseids

We are giving you Perseids Watching tips which will help you in enjoying the scene. So, if the weather is all clear and is not cloudy, you do not need any special equipment. Just select any spot away from the bright light and lay on your back to watch the meteor shower. Furthermore, telescopes and binoculars are not suggested because these gadgets reduce the area of view. Since meteors shower occurs all across the sky so there is no need for telescope or binoculars. Furthermore, you can watch in any direction on the sky because the meteor shower occurs in every direction.

However, all the meteors you observe this month meteor shower do not belong to the Perseids Meteor shower. Many of the meteors are sporadic background meteors. Furthermore, some of the other weaker showers will also be active like the Alpha Capricornids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Kappa Cygnids.

How You Can Be Sure About Perseids

A big question arises here that how you can tell if you have seen a Perseid? So, if you see a meteor than try to locate it backward. If you end up in the constellation of Perseus, you have seen a Perseid.  However, locating the constellation is not your field and you are unable to be sure about constellation location. So, Perseid meteors are the fastest meteors and you can guess from the speed of the meteors.

In addition to this, the most important tip is that do not use cell phones and avoid looking at bright objects. This is because these gadgets will affect your night vision and you will not be able to watch the meteor shower. Furthermore, let your eyes become adjusted to the dark and improved night vision

Happy Viewing!



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