How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

Gwen Vasquez
August 10, 2018

'This year the Moon will not be up there around the Perseid's peak, so it will not contaminate the sky with its light: so, the sky will be dark and meteors will be visible much better, provided you will go under a reasonably dark sky, ' astronomer Gianluca Masi told Metro.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

What you can expect to see if you're in an optimum viewing spot (read: anywhere devoid of light pollution) is around 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the sky every hour.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will be visible from October 2 to November 7 and is expected to peak on the night of Oct. 21-22. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

If you're planning on watching the Perseid meteor shower, bear in mind that it will take at least 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. When the Earth's orbit crosses a trail of these particles they can collide with our atmosphere and burn up as shooting stars. The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

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So when is the Perseid meteor shower?

Depending on when you decide to watch, you'll have a chance to see something different. But for those who want to experience the meteor shower amped up to 11, getting to a "dark sky park" is an absolute must.

There's a unique opportunity to watch what may look like shooting stars putting on a show this weekend.

The best time to see the most meteors according to the American Meteor Society tends to be just before dawn, around 4 a.m. local time. If stargazers miss the show on Saturday, they also can look for it again beginning at about 11 p.m. on Sunday night.

This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the U.S. and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

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