Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

And even though it doesn't peak until the nights of August 11-12 or 12-13, it is already producing the fireball meteors that the Perseids are famous for.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of august 11-12 and 12-13.

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

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The Perseids meteor shower will be visible nearly all over the world - but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere.

Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!" 2016 was an outburst year, which means the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights.

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Cooke said the best way to view a meteor shower is to "take in as much sky as possible".

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. NASA recommends viewing the meteor shower from dark areas, such as the countryside of suburb area, so stay away from those city lights! Then, sit back and wait while, looking at the northeastern sky. It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danae, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold.

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and we may have those. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

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