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How to watch the ‘best meteor shower of the year’

Courier Mail 2019-08-13 07:09:00

One of the best meteor showers of the year is set to light up the sky tonight.

Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning will be the optimal time to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower as debris left from behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle continues streaking across the sky.

The debris started making its way across our galaxy in late July but will peak tonight, according to NASA.

“The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures,” the Marshall Space Flight Centre says.

“This year’s shower, however, has unfortunate circumstance of having a full Moon right at the shower peak, reducing the meteor rates from over 60 per hour down to 15-20 per hour.

“But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature’s fireworks.”

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