How to watch the peak of the Perseid meteor shower tonight

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Why is it called Perseid meteor shower 2019?

The Perseid meteors are the legacy of a relatively large (5 miles, or 8 kilometers, across) and bright comet that at least six North American and European astronomers discovered in July 1862. Firework-like displays will litter the skies as a cloud of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle comes crashing (and burning) towards our atmosphere.

The Perseids come from dust left by the comet Swift-Tuttle and are named because they appear to originate from the constellation Perseus in the sky.

This will help increase the number of meteors you may see. "Those ones are about a centimeter across". Best of luck catching sight of those shooting stars!

There's no special benefit to looking there, however. Still, lucky observers can even see rare, but lovely earth-grazers - long, slow, colorful meteors streaking across the sky.

The Perseids is one of the brighter meteor showers and can be seen each year between July 17 and August 24.

"They're convenient", Cooke says.

The Orionids produce about 10-20 meteors at their maximum, although they occasionally produce as much as the Perseids with 50-75 shooting stars an hour. In the case of the Perseids, the radiant is the constellation Perseus. The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page will have a live camera feed from Alabama starting at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

When is the best time to watch?

Bring along a reclining chair.

While the Perseid shower is one which has the best visibility given it takes place in August and this is when the summer skies are clear, but this year the event is coinciding with a full Moon.

If you see one, you'll certainly know it!

Thousands of meteor shower will flare up the Earth's atmosphere on Monday. Most of the time it's both. Experts say the best time to see the show will be between 2am and dawn, but visibility will be low this year. That's because meteors can appear to streak across large tracts of the overhead skies.

Although it's tough to determine their elemental composition, some meteors have been known to contain magnesium, iron, carbon and silicon.

You won't need binoculars or a telescope to see the light show; the meteors will be visible with the naked eye. You'll still be able to catch some more shooting stars over the next few nights. We have a feeling this may be worth showing up late to work for.

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.

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