Perseid meteor shower to start Wednesday: museum
Stargazers will have the opportunity to see the Perseid meteor shower, thanks to low interference from moonlight, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Wednesday.
One of the most promising meteor showers each year — along with the the Quadrantids in January and the Geminids in December — the Perseids will peak Thursday afternoon, with 100 meteors per hour predicted.
For astronomy buffs in Taiwan, the best time to catch the celestial event falls some time between 10 p.m. Wednesday, when the Perseids ascend, and sunrise Thursday, according to the museum.
Thanks to the new moon, it could be an excellent time for observation, it said.
The Perseid shower produces dozens of meteors per hour from a radiant near the North Star, where the Perseid meteoroids strike the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, it said.
The Central Weather Bureau forecast generally clear skies for Wednesday night.