The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to hit its full viewing potential and rain down an abundance of "shooting stars" Sunday night into Monday morning. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".
In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity". With the moons phase nearly at a new moon, that will help you see the meteors even more! The name comes from fact that the meteors appear to shoot out from the Perseus constellation. The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year. Steve did not know offhand the time the shower will peak, but said it is best to wait until after 11 p.m.to start looking.
The summertime meteor shower, the Perseid, is set to peak August 11, 12 and 13.
This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display. The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, so every August, the Earth passes through the comet's debris field. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour.
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The shower will be visible to the naked eye.
For the best viewing, move away from city lights and look to the north.
Find a dark location, far from light pollution, such as a park or designated dark-sky area.
Dr Helen Klus, Royal Astronomical Society, told Express.co.uk you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the meteors by peeking outside your window. 60 to 100 meteors are expected to be visible every hour. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.