One of the most spectacular meteor shower of the year – Perseids, is expected to occur most intensively this Saturday (Aug 12) from 9:30pm till 5am in the morning, with a frequency of 150 meteors crossing the sky every hour.
What is Perseids?
The Perseid Meteor Shower, associated with the Comet Swift-Tuttle, is among the most spectacular meteor showers throughout the year, according to Hong Kong Space Museum. Its maximum occurs around the 12th to 13th August every year and the number of meteors emerges from Perseids is relatively stable. Under favourable observing conditions, as many as 100 meteors per hour can be observed during the maximum (ZHR=100)*.
The Best Time To View The Shooting Stars
The radiant of the Perseids will rise at about 9 p.m. on 12 August and will then be visible during the whole night. According to the Hong Kong Astronomical Society, it is best to view the meteor shower at 11pm on Aug 12 till 5:20am the next morning. The frequency of stars shooting across the Hong Kong sky would be highest at 5:02am Aug 13.
Where to View The Meteor Shower?
An ideal observation should take place at a site with an unobstructed view, especially in the northeast. Yu Wai-Chun, the former president of the Hong Kong Astronomical Society, suggests citizens head to places with minimal light pollution for the best views of the meteor shower, such as High Island Reservoir East Dam in Sai Kung, Shui Hau in Lamma Island, Grass Island etc. Given the geographic location of Hong Kong and other environmental factors including moonlight and light pollution, there should be around 45 meteors crossing the sky each hour. There should be around 45 meteors crossing the sky each hour, given the geographic location of Hong Kong and other environmental factors including moonlight and light pollution.
For places with more convenient access, consider Plover Cove Reservoir Main Dam, Pak Tam Chung, Cheung Chau, Tai Tau Chau in Shek O, and Tai Au Mun in Clear Water Bay Country Park. Look up high towards the northeast direction and you should be able to see it, with approximately 30 meteors each hour in these places.
Tips: Meteors can be seen with the naked eye and no telescope is required. Just bring along tools like a star-map, a red light torch, and a mat.