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How to Watch the 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Live Online

Astronomy broadcaster Slooh will stream a live webcast of the Perseids on Monday (Aug. 12) at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT Aug. 13), showing off the shower from telescopes in North America, the Middle East and Europe. Live coverage is available here at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh, or at Slooh's website for a fee (annual memberships start at $20).

"The Perseids Meteor Shower is a favorite for many stargazers because it has more bright meteors than most showers — sometimes as many as 50-60 per hour under ideal conditions," Slooh said in a statement. As for the glaring moon, Slooh offered a solution: "Slooh's special low-light video cameras will also detect fainter meteors — even against the bright moonlight."

In addition to the livestream, host and astrophysicist Paige Godfrey will have a team of astronomical experts online to discuss the science of comets and meteor showers, as well as their history. Aspiring astrophotographers will get some hints on how to get the best shot of the meteors. Viewers can ask questions using the hashtag #AskSlooh.

Related: Perseid Meteor Shower 2019: When, Where & How to See It

The Virtual Telescope Project

Alternatively, you can check out the peak of the Perseids a little earlier on Monday at the Virtual Telescope Project, starting at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT). Led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, the project pledges to "share the view of our wide field cameras, to show any potential meteor they will capture." 

The Virtual Telescope Project will run its broadcast on its website, and on YouTube.

This NASA map shows where in the night sky the Perseid meteor shower will radiate out from during the 2019 Perseids peak overnight on Aug. 12 and 13. The best time to look for Perseids is around 3 a.m. local time.  (Image credit: NASA/JP-Caltech)

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Elizabeth Howell
Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.