Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

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

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". The actual peak night is Sunday, August 12th, when you'll see up to 100 meteors per hour, especially after midnight, when the Earth has turned, so to speak, into the path of the debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates the Perseids.

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. If you take a peek next Friday or Saturday nights, you'll likely still see 80 or more meteors per hour.

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

The source of the annual meteor shower is the debris trail left behind 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!

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, according to the American Meteor Society.

No special equipment is needed to view the shower. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.

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