Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower


"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower.

The stars are aligning for anyone interested in watching the Perseid meteor shower this weekend.

"However, the constellation for which a meteor shower is named only serves to aid viewers in determining which shower they are viewing on a given night", NASA notes.

Every August, the Earth passes through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to spot the meteors in the northeastern sky.

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It's called the Perseid meteor shower and it happens every August. This weekend will also bring a new moon, which will make the skies extra dark.

The best time this year to get a glimpse of the Perseid Meteor Shower starts couple of hours after sunset this Sunday, and continues until sunrise Monday.

When is the best time to watch the shower? Let is know in the comments.

The meteor show will peak overnight on Sunday, August 12th and into early Monday morning.

The particles reach high speeds when entering Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate on their way to the ground, leaving a trace of light. It is also advised to allow your night vision to adjust to the dark before giving up, this may take between 20-30 minutes.

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But in order to enjoy the sight of "shooting stars", clear skies are necessary. All you need to do is get away from the bright city lights. The name comes from fact that the meteors appear to shoot out from the Perseus constellation.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average. "Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak".

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event.

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