Meteor shower in the Netherlands

Christopher Davidson
August 8, 2018

The Perseid Meteor Shower will reach it's peak between August 11-13 this year.

The weather this weekend should be favorable for viewing and with a new moon phase Saturday to very thin crescent moon Sunday, producing a very dark sky, will help us see those streaking meteorites.

This weekend, once the sun sets, head outside and check out the Perseid meteor shower.

"The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year". The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

"Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them". Best viewing time will be after 2 am.

After Blood Moon, gear up for partial Solar Eclipse on August 11
While this period is for the total 2018, the duration of the eclipse - including the partial phases - will be over 6 hours. Passing just south of the Earth shadow central axis, totality lasted only 76 minutes.

This week, the possibility of seeing shooting stars increases significantly, as we run up to the zenith of the annual Perseids meteor shower. Just make sure you have a clear view of a large swathe of the sky and be patient. In areas where it is extremely dark, away from the light pollution of Dutch cities and towns, one may even be able to see around 100 shooting stars per hour.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, according to Gary Boyle, an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who is known as "The Backyard Astronomer".

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.

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