The peak of the best meteor shower of summer – the Perseids – peaks overnight tonight (12th of August), but you need good weather to see it. Just in case your night sky is cloudy or cloudy, you can watch the annual meteor shower on webcasts online from Slooh, NASA and others.
You can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Webcast here courtesy of astronomy station Slooh. The 6-hour webcast will begin at 5pm. EDT (2100 GMT) and you can see it directly on Slooh.com. During the broadcast, viewers can use #Slooh hashtag on social media to share Perseid photos or ask questions from experts and astronomers in the series.
"The Perseids are my favorite meteor shower, and they will be the best shower of the year with high rates of meteors grazing the sky, and no moonlight to spoil the view," said Slooh astronomer Paul Cox in a statement. "If viewers in our live coverage are lucky enough to be clear-headed, they should use Slooh's commentary as their meteor soundtrack." [Perseid Meteor Shower 201
All-sky cameras at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The webcast will be broadcast live on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. It starts at around 9pm. EDT (0100 Aug. 13 GMT) and on through Monday's Dawn Hours
"The Perseids are best seen between about 2 am of your local time and dusk," NASA officials told the Marshall Space Flight Center Meteoroid Environment Office consultation. "If those hours seem daunting, do not worry, you can go out after dark, at 9 o'clock local time, and see Perseids, just know that you will not see nearly as many as you would have gone out in the early morning hours."  The Perseiden meteor shower 2018 reached overnight from 12.-13. August 2018 its peak. This sky map shows where to see at 23 o'clock local time this weekend. “/>
The Perseiden Meteor Shower 2018 reaches its peak overnight from the 12th to the 13th of August 2018. This sky map shows where to see at 23 o'clock. Local time this weekend.
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You can also view the Perseids by courtesy of the Virtual Telescope project. Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi will broadcast the program live on August 12th at 4:30 pm. EDT (2030 GMT).
"This year we will broadcast our live feed of [Italy’s] Castel Santa Maria because of the excellent sky conditions, where the local community is working on a very important restoration project the local, XVI [16th] century church, of great historical and artistic value [that was] damaged by some earthquakes, "Masi said in a statement.
The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs as Earth passes through the path of comet Swift-Tuttle into the stream of debris left by the comet. The meteors seem to come from the northern constellation Perseus. Technically speaking, the Perseids will run from July 17 to August 24, 2018, but the highlight is expected on Sunday (August 12). Skywatchers also have a new moon in the sky so not much moonlight will wash out the faint stars.
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