Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?

2014 Perseids meteor shower captured from Joshua Tree National Park

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid.

The Perseid Meteor Shower produces more fireballs than any other meteor shower. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

Get ready to look up in the sky: The best meteor shower of the year is coming.

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Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL), the summer Perseids has already been blessing the skies since July 17 and will continue until August 24. So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. The best time to view is in the pre-dawn hours.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most reliable and visible meteor showers of the year, and it's expected on Sunday August 12.

Most of the Perseid meteors that we observe now were ejected from Swift-Tuttle about 1,000 years ago.

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