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More than 100 shooting stars expected in weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend
Doris Mccormick | 10 August, 2018, 15:22

The Perseid Meteor Shower makes its annual display from July 17th - 24th; however, the shower's peak falls on August 12 - 13th.

The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

This year's show is predicted to be an "average" show by Perseid standards, with as many as 50-60 meteors per hour at peak.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be? Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

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. If you happen to have trouble sleeping on Sunday night (August 12), that's a flawless time to step outside.

Viewing here in West Michigan appears to be fair to good as of this writing. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

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Twarog describes the Perseid meteor shower as "spectacular", however he doesn't get too excited about the event.

This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show.

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

Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak.

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. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

The best time to see the most meteors according to the American Meteor Society tends to be just before dawn, around 4 a.m. local time. However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an unbelievable light show.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement.

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