Sussex weather as Perseid meteor shower reaches it peak

The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.

And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to get a good view, or even to wish upon a shooting star (or several dozen of them).

The meteors appear randomly everywhere in the sky, so you do not need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky - just keep looking up, filling your gaze with as much of the sky as possible for as long as you can.

Saturday Night: Isolated shower/storm, especially early.

Some years, such as 2016, saw between 150-200 meteors an hour.

Star-gazers could be treated to displays of up 70 shooting stars every hour this week as the Perseid meteor shower comes to a climax, astronomers predict.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour).

Star chart for Winnipeg at midnight on Saturday, August 11th. More meteors are visible the higher this radiant rises. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

Unfortunately for most of us in the southern hemisphere, the event will be below our horizon.

Perseids swiftly move across the sky at a speed of almost 40 miles per second. While numerous storms will be coming to an end by night, leftover clouds could obstruct the best views at times. The longer you're outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be. If it's a clear night, everyone should be able to see it, but this august is a different.

The last time Swift-Tuttle passed near Earth was in 1992.

The Perseid meteors are actually pieces of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth.

Can I only watch the peak? The meteors will appear to originate in the northeast sky.

If you live in the glare of city lights, try watching the darkest portion of the sky from your backyard, a nearby park or school grounds. Find a wide open area and bring a lawn chair, snacks and bug spray but respect trespassing on private property and fields.

Vanessa Coleman

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