Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

Perseids 2018 Annual Perseid meteor shower

But wait, it gets better-the Perseids are poised to put on a much more awe-inspiring show than usual this year, as the moon will be near its new moon phase on Sunday.

The shower is expected to be visible from across the country, but Space.com recommends viewers find the darkest place they can find to view the shower, to avoid light pollution from ruining the spectacle.

"Instead, look in all directions since the meteors can hit the atmosphere anywhere in the sky", he said.

"So every year when the Earth orbits the sun and passes through that debris field you get this stream of particles that pass into the atmosphere and gives you this meteor shower", Twarog said.

Discovered in 1862, Swift-Tuttle is considered a large comet.

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. At their peak, the Perseids can produce 100 meteors an hour.

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During the showers, you can expect to see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, which breaks down to about one meteor per minute. The best time to view this event is after midnight and before sunrise both Saturday and Sunday nights.

If you're one of those privileged few who don't live their lives surrounded by constant smog and smoke, the Perseid meteor shower is a attractive event that you won't want to miss. They feature very fast, very bright meteors - leaving attractive streaks of light and color behind them as they hurtle through Earth's atmosphere.

The Perseid meteors are smaller pieces, or debris, of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which was named after the astronomers who discovered it. You will want to bring a comfortable chair or a blanket and bug spray.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway as of July 17, but it will reach its peak late Sunday night into Monday morning (August 12th and 13th).

If you live in the glare of city lights, try watching the darkest portion of the sky from your backyard, a nearby park or school grounds. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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