Quick! Make a wish! | Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend


The Kappa Cygnid meteor shower will be visible from August 19 to 22 and will happen during a new moon, making meteors much easier to spot.

According to a NASA expert, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year.

Star gazers in India are in for a treat as the annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of August 12 through the morning of August 13.

The Perseids will be a little more hard to see this year due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight.

What is so exciting about this meteor shower?

Stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

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You could potentially see 50 meteors in an hour.

If you get away from city lights and see a clear sky, look north. Normally, 80 meteor can be spotted per hour but in 2016 it ranged as high as 150-200 meteors an hour. The moon light will make the meteor rate appear to be about half of the average because of the bright light.

Some media reports said that this year's Perseid show is the "brightest shower in recorded human history", a speculation denied by Bill Cooke, lead of Meteoroid Environment Office, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

As happens every year at this time, Earth is orbiting through the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle, and will enter the densest part this weekend. Focus your attention between the northeastern horizon and the point right above you; the meteors will fly at many different angles, but will all come from the approximate direction of the Perseus constellation. Though they won't be able to enjoy the entire show, but will still have the chances to monitor some of the lighting showers.