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Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

10 August 2018

At the meteor shower's speak on the night of August 12, you can expect to see between 60 to 70 meteors every hour. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions. What's more, the illuminating display is one of year's brightest, too.

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA.

This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the USA and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

The shower runs from July 17 to August 24, however, it peaks from 4 pm on August 12 until 4 am on August 13 Eastern Daylight Time.

Where can I see it?

. So you can definitely catch them in advance.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and USA should be golden.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.

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

Timeanddate.com provides tables indicating when the showers are active and even gives some nice tips on how to best watch the performance. One key tip is to try to get away from city lights.

Can I photograph the showers?

As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars. However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images. Just make sure you have a clear view of a large swathe of the sky and be patient.

The Perseids are a result of the Earth's orbit, when it travels through the cloud of debris caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The summer Perseids originate from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the night progresses.

This weekend's show is expected to be particularly spectacular.

Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend