For those who’ve ever laid down a blanket or arrange a garden chair to look at a meteor bathe there is a good likelihood it was to look at the Perseids.
On account of peak at 01:00 UT on Saturday, August 13, 2022, regular recommendation could be to be exterior at the moment (in Europe) or simply as quickly as its will get darkish on Friday, August 12 (North America).
As I’ve already reported, this yr the Perseids coincides with a full Moon, so all however the brightest meteors and “fireballs” (bigger, brighter meteors) can be seen. So from the 50-75-or-so “capturing stars” you would possibly usually see in the course of the peak of the Perseids only some—albeit shiny—meteors can be seen.
It’s virtually not definitely worth the trouble, I mentioned, advising you to go watch this instead subsequent weekend.
Nevertheless, there’s one other opinion. In an article published on the American Meteor Society’s web site, fireball coordinator Robert Lunsford says that regardless of the brilliant full Moon seen meteor charges in the course of the peak of the Perseid meteor bathe can be higher than 95% of all different nights this yr.
When to see the Perseid meteor bathe
“Many of the Perseid meteors are faint and shiny moonlight will make it tough to view,” he writes. “Regardless of the glare of moonlight, the Perseids produce many shiny meteors that may nonetheless be simply seen regardless of the brilliant moonlight.”
He additionally advises two nice occasions to look at for capturing stars—simply after sundown on Friday, August 12 and simply earlier than daybreak on Saturday, August 13.
Perseids: ‘Earth-grazers’ simply after sundown
You’ll want persistence, however to see an “Earth-grazer” is unforgettable.
Simply after sundown is definitely thee worst time when it comes to numbers of capturing stars you would possibly see, however the few that do come your approach this time of night time are particular.” The reason being that they simply skim the higher areas of the environment and can final for much longer than Perseids seen in the course of the morning hours,” writes Lunsford. “Most of those “earth-grazing” Perseids can be seen low within the east or west, touring north to south.”
Perseids: ‘capturing stars’ earlier than daybreak
The exercise from the Perseid meteor bathe will peak the place you might be because the radiant—the constellation of Perseus—rises increased into the night time sky. “Theoretically, the perfect time to look at the Perseids is simply earlier than the break of daybreak when the radiant lies highest in a darkish sky,” writes Lunsford. That’s about 04:00 native time, although he additionally reveals that skilled observers typically say the hour between 03:00 and 04:00 is often the perfect.
Perseids: ‘capturing stars’ in a moonless sky
If you wish to search for Perseids in a darkish, moonless sky you then’re largely out of luck this yr. By the point the total Moon is rising lengthy after midnight the meteor charges could have vastly lowered, although it could be price capturing star-gazing after August 19, 2022.
When is the Perseid meteor bathe in 2023?
The Perseid meteor bathe will subsequent yr peak—in fortunately moonless skies—at round 07:00 UT on August 13, 2023 (so 03:00 EST and midnight PST), which can be preferrred for North America.
Wishing you clear skies and huge eyes.