Perseid on Skane’s Zen. Photo: Peter Hein.
The Perseid meteor stars are closely associated with summer vacation. Many were free, sleeping late in hot weather, and thus had the opportunity to look up at the night sky. That’s why these meteorites are so common. In this article you can read whether the circumstances are favorable for wishing this year.
That past week meteors can be seen regularly. This is due to different combinations of meteor showers and different meteors. Around 12-20 meteors can be seen per hour at midnight. With the Perseids on the road, you’d expect the number of visible meteors to increase exponentially, but that’s not the case. This year’s peak night, Friday 12 to Saturday 13 August, will see about 10-18 meteors per hour from the Perseids. As with many other stars, there is a total of 12–20 meteors per hour.
Why is Stellar Showers limited this year?
Under favorable conditions, the Perseids can produce up to 85 meteors per hour during peak night. The fact that there are fewer this year is mainly due to the full moon. Due to intrusive moonlight, only the brightest shooting star could be seen. The actual peak also falls on Saturday at 8 a.m., when it is already mild. So the ultimate peak moment cannot be considered. Also, the Perseid meteor shower is not perpendicular to our heads. When this happens, they are most obvious.
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best viewing moment
The best time to view with the most visible stars is around 4:45 a.m. on August 13th. There are about 20 hours to watch. You have the best chance of seeing bright stars when tilted from east to northeast. You will then see a fast, clear and bright track. The speed of the fall was exceptionally high: about 214,000 km/h.
The Perseids and sparks capture the ocean in one picture. Photo: Corn Owehand.
Of course it is important that there are no clouds during the best viewing moments. Next week will be mostly sunny. Right at the height of the night, various weather models suggest the possibility of some clouds and some rain. However, the probability of getting sunshine at this time is 75%. It remains to be seen how exactly this will be done. We will let you know right before the busy night and you can easily follow the forecast for the next weekend through our weather forecast.
Don’t want to risk setting an alarm and being disappointed by the cloudy sky? Then look at last nights in particular. Still, you can see about 10 to 20 meteors per hour. There were 22 exhibitions on 10th August at 3.30 am. Then the probability of sunny weather is 95%. Nights will be mild next week and the temperature will be 20 degrees Celsius and at least 15 degrees Celsius around midnight.
Also check out our tips for getting the best shooting stars.
What is a Shooting Star?
Shooting stars, or meteors, are tiny bits of space debris that enter our atmosphere. As soon as this happens, these stones start shining and you see them in the form of small marks. These light paths are called meteors. Did you know that meteorites do not burn at all while passing through the atmosphere? You can read in our article How it Works What is a Shooting Star?