This year the Perseids will be very bright instead of 80-100 “shooting stars” per hour, we will see about 150-200 meteors.
The inhabitants of the Earth at night on August 13 will be able to observe the peak of the meteor stream Perseids, the maximum activity of up to 200 meteors per hour.
According to forecasts of the International meteorological organization, maximum activity should reach meteor shower on August 12. Meteors begin to flare at 21:00, the greatest concentration will occur after midnight. This year the Perseids will be very bright instead of 80-100 “shooting stars” per hour, we will see about 150-200 meteors.
High activity of meteors due to the fact that, from 17 July to 24 August, the Earth passes through the tail of comet swift-Tuttle. On the night of August 13, the planet will be in “the most dusty parts of the comet’s tail”.
Because this year the full moon falls on the 18th of August and the Month is almost full during the peak of the Perseids, then start monitoring it is necessary as early as possible so that bright moonlight does not put out the light of the falling meteors.
Star rain can be observed at any point in the night sky, but the break will be meteors from the constellation Perseus. After sunset it is above the horizon in the North-East.
It is best to look in the direction of the constellations Cygnus, Lizards and Cepheus – they are all practically at the Zenith of the night sky, top right. For example, the constellation Cygnus is easily recognized: it is a Grand cross, pointing to the South.
The Perseids is one of the oldest known to mankind meteor showers. He annually formed as a result of the passage of the Earth through the plume of dust particles released comet swift-Tuttle which burn up in the atmosphere, forming a “star rain”. The Perseids fall often groups of 6-15 meteors for 2-3 minutes with a speed of 60 km per second.