Perseid Meteor Shower 2022 is underway: key things to know


The Perseid meteor shower, often considered the best meteor shower of the year, is underway and will provide the best observing opportunities for astronomers in America next month, according to the American Meteor Society.

The Perseids are visible from July to September. Depending on the year, they usually reach their peak intensity on August 12 or 13. They will peak this year between August 11 and 12, according to CBS News.

american space agency Nasa said a full moon will also be present during the peak in 2022. In the Northern Hemisphere, the optimal time to view the Perseids is just before dawn, although they can be seen as early as 10 p.m.

The annual meteor shower gets its name because the meteors appear to originate from a location in the constellation Perseus.

Astronomers will have the opportunity to see up to 60 to 100 meteors per hour at the peak of the meteor shower, just before dawn between August 11 and 13. However, viewing during peak times can be limited as peak days fall on full moon days, reported Newsweek.

The Perseid Cloud, a trail of dust and debris along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle that was last observed near Earth in 1992, is the source of the annual meteor shower. Every 133 years, the comet orbits the sun, leaving a trail of dust in its wake that Earth travels through during the months of July and August.

Most cometary debris burns up as it enters Earth’s atmosphere, producing stunning streaks of light visible from the ground.

Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, told Newsweek: “Meteors or ‘shooting stars’ are the result of small pieces of natural space debris entering the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed – 60 km per second in this case – and burning high in the atmosphere, about 80 km above the ground.”

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