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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. And human habitation in the area can be dated as far back as 10,000 years ago, making this dark sky park the most ancient site in America to view the Perseids. And, with NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke dubbing the Perseids "the best shower of the year", this certainly isn't one to miss. The Perseids meteor shower is named after the Perseus constellation as it is the point (called the radiant) where the meteors appear to start from.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

Twarog describes the Perseid meteor shower as "spectacular", however he doesn't get too excited about the event.

You can help find a dark enough spot near you, using this atlas of artificial sky brightness. That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line.

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The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

"What we're seeing when we see meteors are little dust particles lighting up the atmosphere".

Dang Vu Tuan Son, chairman of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association, said the best time to watch the phenomenon would be in the early hours of Monday morning in the northeastern skies. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours. If you're serious about your stargazing, allow ample time for this beforehand.

Those who live in mid-northern latitudes will be able to enjoy the best views, according to NASA. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.


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