Here's how to see the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Perseids 2018 Perseid meteor shower at night

Perseids 2018 Perseid meteor shower at night

The moon will be in its crescent, "new moon", shape, and will set before the shower stars.

If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn.

-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view.

Some meteors will appear lower in the sky as soon as it's fully dark out-around 9:30 p.m. local time. So most of the shower activity and thicker cloud cover should stay to our south and east.

NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower".

One of the best sky shows of the year is coming this weekend.

"This year, we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night", Bjerke said.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus.

After, all they come every year.

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

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"Comets are spectacular and lovely and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".

In full flow, the spectacular display could produce up to 70 "shooting stars" an hour.

How fiery and bright the show might be depends on how the dust and particles are distributed along the orbit.

Swift-Tuttle measures a massive 16 miles, and last passed by Earth in 1992.

This weekend, Twarog is anticipating a slightly higher debris field. But what are you actually seeing? Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks. Read on for our guide to the shooting stars of the summer.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

Watching the Perseid meteor shower is popular because it assures spotting an abundance of meteors, some of which are dazzling fireballs, streaking across your favorite night skies.

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.

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