Not seeing many meteors during Perseid shower? Blame the moon


The Perseid meteor shower generally starts in mid-July and peaks around August 12, as a result of the Earth passing through a trail of debris associated with a comet known as Swift-Tuttle.

For the best viewing experience, stay far away from city lights.

Milky Way is seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir, near Grandas de Salime, Spain August 11, 2017.

Al Hariri said they were scheduled to gather in a dark sky desert area to observe and capture the view of the Persied Meteor Shower.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said he was still hopeful of a good display. But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids.

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But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park. You'll still be able to see meteors following moon rise but the number of "shooting stars" you spot won't likely be as high.

Seen from the Earth, the Perseids appear to originate from one place in the north-east known as the "radiant" which happens to be near the constellation Perseus.

Because the density of the dust cloud varies, the meteors will not be evenly spaced out. This comet orbits the sun in a much more oblong path than Earth's orbit.

Astronomers says hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a display that may be visible around the world. This means that you will have better chances of seeing more meteors before the moon rises and adds additional light to the sky. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.