Perseid meteor shower will be seen the brightest right before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13. Despite choosing the pre-dawn hours to enjoy the meteors streaking through the sky, the Supermoon will not provide the best suited night sky as it will illuminate the sky much more than is ideal for gazing at the pretty lights shooting across space. Google has honored this marvel of nature with a Google Doodle.
With the moon rising soon past sunset, the Supermoon will illuminate the night sky making it tricky for spotting the angelic event. Don’t be disheartened if you wanted to photograph the Perseid meteor shower as there are several more meteor showers this week from the elusive Kappa Cygnids to the more abundant Aquariids. The Perseids meteor shower is the best hope with clearly the advantage in sightings you can manage every hour but the others can also be gazed at if you can get the timing right along with a bit of luck from the universe.
Perseid meteor shower is known for its profuse and lavish degree of optical pleasure for those waiting on Earth. The meteor shower is formed from the debris off the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet as the meteors shoot across the star lit skies. The meteor shower gets its name, Perseids, because its point of origin symbolizes the Perseus constellation and from the Greek word Perseides, the son of Perseus.
The Swift-Tuttle comet has a 133 year orbit and the debris from the comet’s tail is recognized as the Perseid cloud. The meteor shower can be seen from the middle of July onwards but the best time to catch a glimpse of this amazing spectacle is from August 9 to August 14.