Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early leaving a dark canvas for the meteors' bright streaks.

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

The annual Perseids meteor shower is the glittery result of Earth's passage through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, so you should expect to see meteor rates as high as 200 per hour - as long as you are away from light pollution and the clouds stay away.

During the Perseid meteor shower, spectators will see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.

There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

Even better news still, the moon won't be spoiling the view. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.

In India, the shower will be visible from any place away form light pollution by city lights.

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