The Perseid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak on August 12 to 13 with around 50 or more meteors per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its astronomical diary.
“If the sky permits, the famous Perseids meteor shower will be observed with its peak in the late evening and early morning hours on August 12 to 13 with at least 50 or more meteors observed during peak time,” the state weather bureau explained.
Meteors are easiest to observe if there is no moonlight and light pollution and a clear sky. “Unfortunately, the waxing gibbous Moon will interfere with the observations of fainter meteors,” PAGASA added. (Read: PAGASA Opens First Planetarium in Mindanao)
The Perseids meteor shower radiates out from the constellation Perseus, which is located on the eastern horizon during August. Well-known constellations such as Leo, Ursa Major, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, and Sagittarius are most prominent in this month.
For a better experience and preparation for the viewing of the Perseid meteor shower at your home, here are some reminders from Earthsky.org that can help you!
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Guide: No special equipment needed
Everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Perseid meteor shower without any telescopes, binoculars, or special equipment. If you have some, feel free to use them, but keep in mind that you can still appreciate the meteor shower with your own eyes. (Read: An Exclusive Look Inside the Vatican Observatory)
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Guide: Find a dark and wide-open sky
Light pollution can interfere with your stargazing experience, it is important to find a good spot! Seek a place or area where you can have a clear view of the vast night sky and away from any light. Since the meteors will all come from a single point in the sky, which is their radiant point, a wide-open sky will give you the best view.
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Guide: Watch it from midnight to dawn
The best time to view the Perseids meteor shower is between midnight and dawn, when “the part of Earth you’re standing on will be heading into the meteor stream in space.” It means you’ll see more meteors at that time. By dawn, the meteors will begin raining down from overhead. It will give you a more captivating experience! (Read: UP graduate now set to become Philippines’ first gravitational physicist)
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Guide: Consider at least an hour of observing time
Take note to give yourself at least an hour of observing time when watching the Perseid meteor shower. According to Earthsky.org, the meteors come in spurts and are interspersed with lulls. Your eyes can only take as long as 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness of night. This is a reminder not to rush the process.
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Guide: Get comfortable
To fully enjoy your Perseid meteor shower experience, make sure to bring along the things that will add excitement to your viewing such as a comfortable chair, snacks, a hot drink or any beverage of your choice, and a camera to capture the moment. Just be comfortable and have fun! (Read: 3 Priests in the PH Who Are Also Accomplished Scientists)