There’s something magical about summer, isn’t there? Somehow, no matter how stressed and overwhelmed we are, we all still manage to become a bit more nonchalant. We don’t feel as guilty about taking a lazy day and going out is a must even for the professional couch potatoes.
In case you were wondering, I have a thing for summer. Most especially because this is the season when the sky throws its own party. We’re never invited, but we do get to see the meteor showers coursing through the summer night sky.
Anytime you look up at the sky between the 17th of July and August 24th, you can spot a shooting star coursing through the sky. Some shooting stars go by in a flash, leaving you to scrape up a wish quickly to make it count. Others, however, move very slowly, and you are always unsure of whether it’s a star or a plane until it suddenly flashes off into the darkness of the sky.
The show is set to happen on the 12th of August. Astronomers have shared that it will be “the brightest shower recorded in human history.” For another show of this kind, you will have to wait a couple more years….
…specifically, 96 more years. So, unless you’re planning on taking an immortality pill, you might as well leave that day clear so as not to miss the show. Because, really, why would anyone want to miss something so beautiful?
For the sky to be at its darkest, astronomers suggest you wait until right before dawn. It appears that at this time, the sky will be at its darkest. Accordingly, you will be able to see the meteor shower at its best.
“While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table [above] shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location. The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky, and the zenith (the point in the sky directly above you).”