Mark your calendar and brace yourself for a very exciting astronomical event because starting on Thursday night of August 11th until the 12th, the Perseids Meteor Shower 2016 will have it's peak as the Earth will be passing through a stream of cloud of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which is the progenitor comet of Perseid, and are expected to produce up to a stunning 200 meteors an hour on the night of Thursday until Friday during it's outburst, which many considered to be somehow a meteor storm already. The Perseid are so named because the meteors appear to come from the constellation Perseus, but it's comet Swift-Tuttle that's responsible for the meteoroids. As the comet makes it 133-year journey around the sun, it leaves a trail of dust and debris. Earth crosses this stream each year around the middle of August. The Perseids has been one of the most documented and viewed meteor showers, with recorded observations for 2,000 years, according to NASA. Unlike last year, when expectations are somewhat highly anticipated and turned into a bit of frustration, this time we're hoping that it's going to be the other way around.
And 2016 is quite special for Perseid Meteor Shower because according to Astronomer's forecasting the Perseids, it will be firing twice as fast on the night of August 11-12 but with a disclaimer as Bill Cooke, NASA’s head of meteoroid environments, said in a press statement that "Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour," So if the night sky is clear enough you'll be able to see some bright meteors streaking through the sky also using only the unaided naked eye and since the moon will be setting in the early hours of Friday it's a pretty good chance of seeing the meteor shower's peak as the Perseid meteor shower occurs just every month of August when the Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, a comet that orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Perseids have been observed by humans for at least 2,000 years, according to NASA officials.
The meteors are made up of ice and dust shed by Swift-Tuttle, most of which was cast off by the comet hundreds of years ago in which the best time to observe the Perseids will be in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, Aug. 13. "The Perseids streak across the sky from many directions, with theoretical rates as high as 100 per hour. However 2016 Perseid will be an exemption.
The last time the Perseids peak coincided with a new moon was in 2007, making this one of the best potential viewings in years that is, according to NASA but let's see the results and if you live in a big city with a lot of light pollution or even worst it's cloudy because weather is no good, there are still ways to watch the meteor outburst by Perseid because NASA says there will still be meteor activity on Friday and Saturday so you have all the chance and you can watch it live via NASA's streaming videos online which will be live overnight on Thursday and Friday, starting at 10 p.m. ET. So there's really no excuse for you not to see this much anticipated event, who knows your wish may now come true because the numbers of meteors you can see are really high enough on Perseid's peak so the more meteors you see the more chances of wishing. Good luck! :-)