In case you aren’t already aware, Perseids are an annual meteor shower that are known for being lush and beautiful. They create the largest number of meteors every year but not all of these meteors are visible. Although the Perseids Meteor is already underway, you’ll get to see a peak of these comets starting from sunday, August 11 to the night of August 12 and August 13.
Perseids are named after the son of Perseus from the Greek mythology as they hail from the constellation of Perseus. Meteor showers are associated with the debris from a space body, generally a comet. The Perseids are debris orbiting around the comet, Swift-Tuttle. Although these meteors seem to peak now, they have been visible since the 9th of August and will continue to remain visible for about 10 more days after the peak is over.
In previous years, where the moonlight was not prevalent, one could catch over 150 meteors per hour during their peaks but because of the bright moonlight this year we could expect to see around 20 meteors an hour. But there is a possibility to catch more of these meteors raining down at times when the lights of the sun or moon are not as prevalent during dusk or before dawn.
How To Watch 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower From India?
In India, the meteor shower will peak this week between the night of Monday, August 12, and Wednesday, August 14. During this peak time, you’ll get to observe nearly 60 to 80 perseids dashing across the night sky. Moreover, Perseids are also known to produce fireballs, making them way brighter and visible than a regular meteor shower. However, it’ll be difficult to observe the meteors because of the bright Waxing Gibbous Moon in the sky. Normally, you’d be able to catch 60 or more shooting stars per hour, however, this time that number is expected to be around 20 per hour.
To watch 2019 Perseid meteor shower from India, pick the time between 2 AM and dawn. NASA also suggests staying up late, or waking up early throughout the nights of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to August 13. You should also go some place away from the urban city where there isn’t much pollution and buildings to block your view. But, if you’re not about that, you can then also observe perseids anytime after 9 PM. And if that doesn’t work and you fail to spot any meteors, you can track the events through NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. You don’t have to use a telescope or binoculars to observe the meteor shower, just lie on your back for thirty minutes and let your eyes adjust to the dark.