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13 August, 2018, 04:40 | Author: Sherry Houston
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The Perseid Meteor shower normally peaks each year during a new moon however it will not do so again for another eight years.

Although the meteor shower is likely to be most easy to spot from earth on Sunday night, it has been visible since the end of July and will remain so for a further two weeks.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky. Wherever you are this weekend, keep in mind to look up.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

The Perseid meteors are bits and pieces of space rock debris broken off from Comet Swift-Tuttle as it barrels around the Sun every 133 years.

"Meteor videos recorded by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network are also amiable each morning; to identify Perseids in these videos look for the events labelled "PER".

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"This year the moon is young and will not obstruct the vision, so we will be able to see 100 "shooting stars" an hour", Muhamed Muminovic, a member of the Sarajevo Orion astrological society, told Reuters.

And you don't need to be an astronomer to get a good view.

NASA explained: "All meteors associated with one particular shower have similar orbits, and they all appear to come from the same place in the sky, called the radiant".

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an global group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

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