The Perseids meteor showers peak after midnight. NASA says it is one of the best

If you're tired of binge-watching TV during a pandemic, Mother Nature has an alternative. All you have to do is get out between around 2 am on Wednesday and dawn local time, lie on your back and look at the sky. The meteorites and fireballs of the Perseid meteor shower must be intermittent.

NASA says it's "one of the best" meteor shows this year. This is because of the sheer number of meteors - from 50 to 100 meteors to capture per hour plus their fireballs - larger, brighter bursts of light and color that last longer than the average meteorite streak.

The popularity of the Perseids is also related to the season. Summer temperatures provide pleasant viewing conditions: The American Meteorological Association says there are stronger meteor showers, but those appear in the Northern Hemisphere during the colder parts of the year.)

The brightness of the moon, which rises around midnight, will reduce the number of visible meteors to 15 to 20 per hour, although this is still a meteorite every 3 minutes or so.

The Perseids are best seen in the Northern Hemisphere. You don't need a telescope and you don't need to pick a corner of the sky - it's everywhere.

But you need the weather to cooperate. The cloudy night sky means you won't see much of anything.

Perseid meteorites are the result of space debris left by comet Swift Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years. In July and August, Earth passes through comet dust tracks, causing debris to collide with the atmosphere and break up into fiery streaks.

This particular shower got its name because the meteorites appear to be coming from a point in the sky near the constellation Perseus.

Although NASA says no special equipment is necessary, meteorite experts have some suggestions for improving the viewing experience. They recommend spending a half hour outside to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark - and avoid bright lights like a phone screen.

The American Meteorological Association advises that you observe from a darker area as much as possible and stabilize your gaze midway toward the sky, as more activity appears at lower altitudes. He also suggests having a display window of at least an hour because these heavenly displays are "significantly variable".

"One can watch for 10 minutes and see no activity at all!" He Said. "After only a few minutes, several meteors could appear nearly simultaneously."

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