Meteor shower of the year coming up

Meteor shower of the year coming up

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

"This year, we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night", Bjerke said.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will peak this weekend.

What is the Perseid Meteor Shower? Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours.

If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear.

So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching. However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an fantastic light show.

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).

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Good visibility is in the forecast for both nights.

"This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes", Cooke told

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said. Go there and give your eyes 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness. If you're serious about your stargazing, allow ample time for this beforehand.

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

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and U.S. should be golden. "You really have to get out in the country", he said. Boyle says, "It is best to head out of town to enjoy the dark skies with the attractive Milky Way stretching from the south and continuing overhead".

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