Catch The Best of This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

10 August, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Perseids 2018 Perseid meteor shower at night

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze.

However, according to NASA, the night before August 11-12, will also be stunning.

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them.

The Perseids are dust and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, AccuWeather explains.

With the moon just a thin crescent in the sky around the time of this year's peak - and setting early in the evening - the sky will be left even darker, making the meteors that much easier to spot.

According to the space agency, the annual meteor shower, also called the summer Perseids, stands out from most meteor showers by having a very broad peak of high meteor rates.

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year.

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The best time to view the Perseids is around midnight and during the early hours of the morning - up until 5.30am - when light pollution is at its lowest.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

"The meteors you'll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago", Cooke said.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 37 miles per second, they burn up and streak across the sky.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower.

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