Meteor shower in the Netherlands

LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

The Perseid meteor shower will be particularly noticeable this year.

An estimated 60 to 70 meteors will soar through the sky per hour on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. The number of shooting stars will increase daily until August 12, when the meteor shower reaches its peak. Experts say we don't need anything special to watch the show, just clear skies and a location away from bright lights. No matter the time of night, on the nights of August 12 and 13, Perseid meteors can be seen across the heavens, but the American Meteor Society advises that you should "aim your center of view about half-way up in the sky" for the most successful viewing. That's because the moon will be a thin crescent and set earlier, leaving skies much darker than normal. The Perseids peak during mid-August. "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory.

Enjoy the show, also if you're out watching the stars look for Mars and Saturn that night.

For the best viewing, get yourself to a dark area.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

Where to look? Look to the North-NE and find the constellation Perseus and most meteorites will appear to come from the top of this constellation.

If you decide to go shooting star spotting, don't forget to let your eyes adjust to the dark for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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