Taipei, The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak between Aug. 12-13, with about 110 shooting stars per hour predicted, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Friday.
The best time to observe the Perseids, the most dazzling meteor shower each year, will be between 10 p.m. and sunrise the next day, according to the museum.
The meteor shower should be particularly outstanding this year because the peak falls at the beginning of a lunar month, when there is no interference from moonlight, it said.
Meanwhile, Venus will reach its brightest on Aug. 18 and is highly visible throughout the month as it attains a position away from the sun that affords an excellent view from Earth, the museum said.
The planet's apparent magnitude could reach -4.5, which means it would cast shadows or create reflections on water, the museum said. The magnitude measures the brightness of a celestial body as seen by an observer on Earth and falls in value the brighter an object becomes.
The best way to observe the planet will be to look up at the southwestern sky at dusk, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel