It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.
According to NASA and Space.com, Earth will pass through the thick of debris ar around 9 p.m. EST Sunday, meaning that night and into the morning hours of August 13, promise to produce the best show for North America.
Organizers say the planets Mars and Saturn will also be visible throughout the night as well as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Lagoon Nebula, and many lovely star clusters. Stargazers will be able to see the falling debris as "shooting stars". This year's meteor shower will peak overnight on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
"Surely, experiencing this personally is the best choice, but if it is cloudy outside or unable to reach a suitable venue, the online view offered by the Virtual Telescope is a great backup".
This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.
The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year at this time. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere.
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Not only is the forecast calling for clear skies, a lack of moonlight means they should be plenty dark as well, creating the ideal conditions.
Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet.
-Get away from city lights.
Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.
The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus which will be in the northeast sky. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri. "Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak". "After midnight is probably going to be some of the best times to go out, that's because as the Earth is rotating after midnight our location will be rotating into the debris field".