Perseid 2016 promises to put on its best display this time around.
Predictions for Perseid 2016 hint at its best and brightest spectacle since 2009. Apparently, the planet Jupiter played a big role in the matter. According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, this year’s display would be double the average number of Perseids seen previously. Thus, the best dates to see Perseid 2016 should definitely be marked on the calendar.
The peak time to view Perseid 2016 is at 3 a.m. (local time) on August 12. However, spectators might see a few meteor streaks throughout the week as well. Ideally, the best condition to view the spectacle is preferably in deep darkness. Then again, a bit of preparation and planning might prove helpful to those who do not want to pass up Perseid 2016. Rhiannon Blaauw from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office offered a number of helpful tips.
The amount of artificial light in the city makes it difficult to see the nighttime spectacle. Hence, Blauuw advised a trip to a less polluted area somewhere by the coast. Areas like this offer an ideal setting to view Perseid 2016. It is also important to acclimatize one’s self to the environment since most city dwellers are not comfortable with the dark.
“You are going to want to give yourself a long time for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and I would suggest just lying on your back and taking in as much of the sky as possible,” Blaauw advised. Given the hours for the meteor shower, she also urged viewers to have provisions on hand like caffeine or soda.
Then again, city dwellers might still be able to see the spectacle. Cooke previously advised to look for areas where artificial light is blocked. For example, the shadow of a building. If all else fails, the NASA Perseid meteor shower webcast starts at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. It will continue until the early morning of Friday, according to Mashable.
Australian Geographic revealed stargazers Down Under have a better chance to view Perseid 2016 up north. Hence, the ideal areas are Cape York, Cairns, Darwin and the Tiwi Islands. Dr Padric McGee from the High-Energy Astrophysics Group at University of Adelaide, South Australia advised August 11 and 12 as the best dates for viewing. While the peak dates fall on the 12th and 13th, the latter date will experience a brighter moon that would interfere with the view.