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Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER It can be best seen from the northern hemisphere

Expected to peak during this weekend, August 12 and 13, this meteor shower will allow you to see over 60 meteors streaking through the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. With some luck, you should be able to catch a glimpse of the shooting stars yourself.

The shower's peak will be visible the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

The best time to observe is between midnight and dawn on the mornings of August 12 and 13.

They're bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea.

When observed from the Earth the meteors only appear to be bursting out from the constellation but in reality the Perseus has no bearing on the Swift-Tuttle debris.

NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras is already picking up strong activity over the United States of America, counting 37 Perseid fireballs during the weekend of August 4th-5th.

To see the meteor shower, you don't need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment.

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It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year. This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular showers among stargazers, and for good reason.

As this debris slams into the Earth's thin upper atmosphere, it rapidly slows down and then disintegrates in a luminous streak of light we popularly call a shooting star.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

How many meteors will we see?

How can you view this meteor shower?

Naturally, you'll want to get as far from city lights as possible to take in all that the Perseids have to offer.

Twarog describes the Perseid meteor shower as "spectacular", however he doesn't get too excited about the event. Venus will be the first to appear after the sun sets and will be best viewed on the western horizon at around 9:30 p.m. local time. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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