The best meteor shower of the year is here. The Perseids peak this weekend will showcase dazzling views for skywatchers in dark areas.
This year’s Perseid meteor shower is going to be more impressive than ever because the moon will be a thin crescent and set earlier than usual. This will leave a dark canvas for the meteors’ bright streaks and fireballs.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower will feature around 60 meteors per hour at its peak this year. Usually, the showers come in outbursts, where the meteors can come up to 200 meteors per hour, although this year the sky won’t be as bright as usual; allowing you to get a better view of the meteor shower.
“This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes,” Bill Cooke, NASA
When is the meteor shower going to take place?
This year’s meteor shower will take place between the 12th and 13th August. The meteor shower is also set to peak just after midnight.
We suggest heading to Dwejra, which is the darkest night sky location in the Maltese Islands to photograph or simply watch the spectacular scenes.
How to photograph the Perseids Meteor Shower
- Get away from city lights and find somewhere dark! Too much light and it will be hard for your eyes to see fainter meteors, plus your image will get flooded with the glow of light.
- Grab a tripod, because you are going to be using long exposures.
- Use a self-timer or shutter release cable to reduce the risk of shaking.
- Focus manually, your camera will have problems autofocusing on the night sky.
- Longer exposures are necessary to capture meteors, but if you leave the shutter open too long, you might catch the movement of the stars as Earth rotates.
- “Take 500 and divide it by the focal length in millimetres of your lens,” NASA officials said. “The resulting number is the length of time in seconds that you can keep your shutter open before seeing star trails. For example, if you’re using a 20 mm lens, 25 seconds (500 divided by 20) is the longest you can set your exposure time before star trails start to show up in your images.”
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