Astronomers, star gazers, or just those who want to watch the skies are in for a treat as the Perseid Meteor Shower 2015 will grace the skies until August 24. It will however be seen best on Wednesday night until Thursday morning.
Universe Today reports in Business Insider that the Perseid Meteor Shower, where the astronomers estimate that viewers can see around 100 meteors per hour, is at 4am ET on August 13 without the need of a telescope. NASA said to “Look towards the familiar constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus in the northeast. They rise soon after sunset, but you’ll want to wait till they are higher in the sky to see the most meteors,” as indicated in BGR.
In terms of location, residents near farms and open spaces are in a better position as they can see it better, according to Bill Cooke, NASA’s meteor expert, “Pastures or farms are good. Anywhere where there’s a clear sky state parks, national parks.” However for city dwellers, even if cities are not the best area to view, he added that they still have the chance to see as long as they get on a darker spot, “If you can’t get away from the city, you need to put yourself in the shadow of a building where you can still see a lot of sky,” Cooke said. “Go somewhere dark where there’s not a street light bearing down you,” reported in Business Insider.
Perseid is an annual meteor shower that is seen best around mid-August timing. It is called as one of the brightest and most visible meteor showers. However, this year, it will even be more beautiful because of a new moon at the night of August 14. This means that the moon will not emit so much light to outshine the meteors passing by.
NASA will also do a live broadcast for viewers who will not be able to see it from August 12 starting 10pm ET until 2am on August 13. They will also be discussing the history of Perseid meteors during the broadcast, with Cooke present in the panel for any questions from the fans.