Catch The Best of This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Perseid meteor shower

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour

The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year. Be sure to check your local weather forecast.

The particles that cause the Perseids are travelling at around 60 km per second, which is why the meteors we see are typically very fast and bright.

The Perseids meteor shower - one of the best cosmic spectacles of the year - is coming this weekend.

Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show.

If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States. The planet Mars will keep you company all night long as it low in the south east as the sky darkens.

You can watch the livestream below.

Perseid meteors flame across the sky as the Earth passes through vast ribbons (streams) of scattered sand and small rock-size debris once shed by Comet Swift-Tuttle as it orbits through the solar system every 133 years. The meteors will appear to streak away from and out of the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia. The Earth will pass through the densest part of the comet's trail on August 12th, meaning more meteors will be present during this event. Fewer but longer-tailed meteors are commonly seen skipping across the Earth's atmosphere when looking toward the southern sky.

Place: Darkness is required for optimal viewing, which is pretty tough in the city.

When is the next meteor shower?

However, just like people, each year's meteor shower exhibits its own personality. An enjoyable number of meteors will be visible - and you can sleep late the next morning.

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