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

Perseids 2018 Perseid meteor shower at night

Perseids 2018 Perseid meteor shower at night

Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 p.m.to Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless.

"Combine these ideal observing conditions and high rates - an average of 60 meteors per hour at the peak - with the fact that the best nights for viewing - August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13 - occur on a weekend and you have a recipe for successfully viewing some celestial fireworks". "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards.

Perseid meteors flame across the sky as the Earth passes through vast ribbons (streams) of scattered sand and small rock-size debris once shed by Comet Swift-Tuttle as it orbits through the solar system every 133 years.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower?

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago.

-Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark sky."Don't expect to walk outside and see Perseids", Cooke said.

Stargazers are hoping for clear skies this weekend so they can see the Perseids in all their glory.

The Perseids get their name from the constellation Perseus, which the meteors seem to come from (they do not actually originate in the constellation).

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to get a good view, or even to wish upon a shooting star (or several dozen of them).

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