When To See The Perseids Meteor Shower In Hong Kong This August 2020
Humans have always had a fascination with the sky, space and what lies beyond. And in recent months, it seems that our fascination with the great expanse has grown bigger than ever. From the latest developments in space tourism and SpaceX’s recent Splashdown, to June’s partial solar eclipse and comet Neowise lighting up the skies, there have been plenty of events to attract out attention––the latest of which is the Perseids Meteor Shower taking place this August.
The annual Perseids meteor shower is one of the biggest celestial events of the year and runs for a number of days during August, with the Hong Kong Space Museum stating that the best time to observe the shower in Hong Kong is at about 5am on Thursday, August 13. The nights before and after this date may also be a good time to spot the meteors.
The HK Space Museum does keep expectations in check by warning not to expect too much however, as though the Zenith Hourly Rate (ZHR) of the meteor shower is over 100, factors such as light pollution and presence of clouds et cetera may mean that only 20 to 30 meteors are visible per hour.
If you do want to catch a glimpse of the rare event, it’s best to go to a dark place with little light pollution, such as a rural area. The HK Space Museum adds that you have higher chance of seeing the shower from a site with a wide field-of-view––with keen star gazers advised to lie down to enjoy a wider view of the sky, though the use of a telescope is unnecessary as it narrows the field of view and decreases your chance of seeing meteors.
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