Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Sunday night

The weekend of August 11-13 will be a great time for heading out of town to the great outdoors, especially at night.

Ethan Miller/Getty ImageThe Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August. Some experts consider this to be the best meteor show of the year.

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.

Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights. It manifests as bright streaks of light shooting across the sky but if you blink, they're gone - literally.

However the spectacular meteor shower also has biblical connotations.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

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Good visibility is in the forecast for both nights. As always, it's best to get away from light pollution and head far away from city centers.

If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

Dr. Auld says that if you have several people together, a lot of the times two people will say oh there's one, but they're pointing in completely separate directions because there's more than one at the same moment. Boyle says, "It is best to head out of town to enjoy the dark skies with the handsome Milky Way stretching from the south and continuing overhead".

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. "When the sun is close to the comet and the Earth is passing through the orbit you get a much bigger result", Twarog said.

There's a unique opportunity to watch what may look like shooting stars putting on a show this weekend.

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