Viewing Tips for Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

August 12, 2019, 2:26 PM HST · Updated August 12, 2:33 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments
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The Perseid meteor shower is upon us. It is  the most famous and active meteor shower of the year with up to 80 meteors an hour leaving long trails across the sky. 

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Peak nights are tonight and tomorrow night. Unfortunately, the Moon is nearly full so that will wash out all but the brightest of meteors. Your best viewing time will be from about 4 a.m. until dawn begins at 5:45 a.m. The moon sets at 4:30 a.m. 

This meteor shower has been active since July 13th and lasts through August 26. The shower is generated by debris from Comet 109 P Swift Tuttle. This comet takes 130 years to orbit the Sun. It most recently passed through the Earth’s part of the solar system back in 1992, leaving lots of fresh comet debris that leads to particularly good showers. Mahalo to the Bishop Museum for this information. Happy viewing!  

Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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