Every year, stargazers look to the sky and await the Perseids meteor shower that brings beautiful images to their eyes. This year, there are going to be even more beautiful and amazing sights to behold. As per the Guardian, on Aug. 10, 2014, the Perseids meteor shower will coincide with the largest Supermoon in over 20 years and make the night sky magnificent.
The Perseids meteor shower 2014 will give night-lookers the opportunity to see more than 100 meteors in just an hour-long period. With the Supermoon happening at the same time, some are looking at this as a positive and negative thing.
On one hand, NASA's Bill Cooke states that the "lunar glare wipes out the black, velvety backdrop required to see faint meteors, and sharply reduces counts."
This essentially means that the number of meteors seen in an hourly period could decrease due to the brightness of the Supermoon, but all isn't bad. The very bright debris stream left by the comet called Swift-Tuttle is rather wide and have shooting stars make many appearances before the Supermoon is at its peak.
Space.com has said that the overnight viewing of the Perseids meteor shower on Aug. 12-13, 2014, could be almost totally prevented from being seen. Still, the evening of Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, should still provide some ample meteor viewing.
Tips for best Perseids meteor shower viewing experiences:
- Find an unobstructed area free of structures.
- Get away from city lights.
- Avoid telescopes and binoculars as they will limit your vision.
- Once settled in a spot, face half-way up toward the northeastern portion of the sky.
- Try to locate the constellation of Perseus as the meteor shower will be in that general direction.
- Do not look straight up into the sky.
- Have patience.
Now, in order to know the best times and locations to see the Perseid meteor shower, per your location, can be difficult to know. Check out SpaceDex.com as it gives a viewing guides for all 50 of the United States along with hundreds of countries and provinces for times and more.