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.
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?
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.