The Perseid meteor shower is going to be awesome this weekend

Gwen Vasquez
August 9, 2018

The shower runs from July 17 to August 24, however, it peaks from 4 pm on August 12 until 4 am on August 13 Eastern Daylight Time.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

So how do you see it? 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. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

The showers are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction from which they come in the sky lies in the same radiant as Perseus.

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA.

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A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement. "The Perseids will put on a great show". If you can't escape the city, try a golf course or a park.

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.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up. The meteors will appear to streak away from and out of the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia.

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