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Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

11 August 2018

Stargazers should be able to see around 60-70 meteors per hour during the two peak nights.

Just bear in mind you will not see as many shooting stars this early as you would during the peak.

Since the Perseids radiate from the northeast, you will generally see more meteors with shorter tails when watching the northern sky.

She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views.

If you happen to miss Sunday night's peak display, the Perseids will still be visible - albeit at post-peak performance with fewer meteors per hour - through August 24th. If you happen to have trouble sleeping on Sunday night (August 12), that's a flawless time to step outside.

The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the night progresses.

The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.

"A meteor shower is a collision between the Earth and the trail of a comet or an asteroid", Dr. Faherty says.

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

Some meteors will appear lower in the sky as soon as it's fully dark out-around 9:30 p.m. local time.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018. Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, but Earth still passes through the debris field it has left behind - its last visit to the inner solar system we all call home was in 1992. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago.

Plus, it's good to give your eyes time to adjust; your peepers can take around 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere.

Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend