Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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Perseid Meteor Showers of Years Past

"Reports are circulating that this year's Perseids will be the 'brightest shower in recorded human history, ' lighting up the night sky and even having some meteors visible during the day", Cooke said in a NASA statement. Large parks and areas in cities where streetlights are shielded by trees affer meteor-sighting opportunities as well, but you can see the brighter ones from nearly anywhere, including back yards.

She also revealed the exact time to view the upcoming meteor shower properly.

"This is not much better than a full moon and will certainly pose a challenge in viewing the Perseids this year".

NASA says the absolute best time to see the meteor shower will be in the predawn hours on Aug 12 (Saturday).

Perseid meteor showers occur each year when the Earth comes in contact with space debris, left behind by an ancient comet.

There is one problem, however: a near-full moon.

"There will also be good rates either side of the peak shower between 11th to 12th August and 13th to 14th August".

Although it will go on for a few days it will peak on Saturday, August 12. Get to higher ground so you can see more of the sky, increasing your chances for watching as many fiery meteors as possible fly by.

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"Saturday night into Sunday night, things do look better, and you'll be able to see maybe upwards of 50 meteors throughout the night", LaPoint said.

To increase your chances of seeing this particular meteor shower, look towards the northeast part of the night sky, away from city lights.

We hope you enjoy the show! But before that rare event, Mother Earth will make her annual pass through the remnants of comet Swift-Tuttle to bring us one of the brightest meteor showers of the year, the Perseids.

Last year, between 150 and 200 meteors were sighted in an hour. "This bright moon will obliterate all but the brightest Perseid meteors".

The meteor shower gets the name Perseids because it appears to radiate outward from the constellation Perseus. Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun.

Each shooting star is a piece of comet dust, burning up from friction as it hits Earth's atmosphere.

If you can, it's best to observe in the early hours of the morning, so either be prepared to stay up really late or as I have done in the past, set the alarm for around 2am, then venture out to observe.

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