Perseids Meteor Shower: How and When to Give Yourself the Best Chance to See the Show

On Thursday night and early Friday morning, one of the year's most prolific meteor showers will reach its height

 but to get the finest view of the celestial display, you'll need to overcome a few distinct challenges.

At its peak, the Perseids meteor shower, which occurs every year as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle comet's tail, can produce 60 to 100 meteors each hour.

However, there are a few things that stargazers must do to maximise their chances of seeing it.

That’s because the peak of the show happens to fall on the same night that the “Sturgeon Moon,”

the final supermoon of 2022, will be in the night sky, meaning that the extra light from the moon could potentially wash out some of fainter trails of the meteors 

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to observe meteors if you're interested in doing so.

First off, because the meteor shower's "radiant point" will be higher in the eastern horizon and the moon will be lower in the western horizon after midnight

creating darker skies, the show's peak will happen after midnight.

The sky should be generally clear on Thursday night and into Friday morning as a dome of high pressure continues to affect the region, according to forecast models.

To observe the spectacle, locals should also make an effort to get as far away from city lights as they can. Once they find dark enough skies to see the meteors fall, they should face east.

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