If you can only catch a meteor shower this year, it should be the Perseids. They fly straight across the sky and will peak in the night of 11th to 12th August and 12th to 13th August. Of course, whether you can see it in Phoenix depends on the weather conditions, but all signs point to a spectacular show during the main data, as the moon will only be a thin sliver of a crescent moon.
In normal years, the Perseids produce about 60-70 meteors per hour, and they are typically rich in fireballs. In outbreaks like 2016, the rate can more than double to around 150 to 200 meteors per hour
To get the best outlook, find a dark sky. It can be your backyard if you live in a rural area; others may need to get a bit creative.
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There are a few options for watching Meteorites in Phoenix Take a 25-minute drive west of the city to the Tres Rios Wetlands, which has reliable dark skies, or take a longer, 40-minute drive to Lake Pleasant, where you get a dark at $ 6 For more secluded views, head west off Interstate 1
NASA meteorologist Bill Cooke says That reports are often associated with fancy claims of celestial events, including one last year, that the Perseids are the "brightest D noise in recorded human history "and that meteors could be visible during the day.
While indisputably stunning, the Perseids never reach storm levels of thousands of meteors per hour, Cooke said, noting that the best perseid performance in the records was in 1993 when they were flying at speeds in excess of 300 meteors per hour ,
But that should not tarnish your plans for observing meteors at all.
While both nights of the summit will be spectacular, check out the best meteor shower of the year from August 12 to 13, Cooke said. The meteorites start to fly after midnight and continue until the morning hours.
"This year, the moon will be new moon, it will be a crescent moon, which means it will be used before midnight," said Cooke Weltraum.com. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and this is likely to make the Perseids the best shower in 2018 for people who want to go out and see."
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The Perseids, which take place annually from July 17 to August 8. 24, emerge when the earth flies through the 1862 discovered dust of 1872 discovered comet Swift-Tuttle. The summit occurs when the earth passes through the densest, dustiest area.
The debris heats up as they invade Earth's atmosphere and burn in a bright burst of light as they travel across the sky at about 37 miles per second. Most meteors are about the size of a grain of sand, so there's little chance of them being meteorized to Earth.
The meteors fall between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you should be able to see them from all over the sky.
Prepare to sit outside for a few hours. The longer you watch, the more you will see. It takes about half an hour for your eyes to get used to the darkness. Definitely bring a comfortable camping chair or maybe even a blanket so you can lie down on the floor and enjoy a panoramic view.
While waiting for the Perseids, you should be able to see Mars until about 4 o'clock local time and Saturn, which will be visible until about 2 o'clock local time. Venus and Jupiter both exhibit at 9:30 and 11:00 pm, respectively, before the main observation hours for the Perseids.
Image: A Perseiden Meteor roams the sky above the inspiration point National Park, Utah, at the beginning of August 12, 2016 in Bryce Canyon , The annual depiction, known as the Perseid Shower, because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation of Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit through the debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)