Beyond the Weather: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway as of July 17, but it will reach its peak late Sunday night into Monday morning (August 12th and 13th).

This year's show is predicted to be an "average" show by Perseid standards, with as many as 50-60 meteors per hour at peak.

In addition, according to The Weather Network, the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen.

This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show. 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. The Perseid are essentially a collection of dust and small rocks left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

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As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze.

The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors.

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.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark. The meteors will appear to come from the constellation Perseus with Cassiopeia just above. Astronomy Magazine recommends getting up early to try viewing the shower in the last dark hour before dawn, but it's worth looking up at any hour after dusk.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

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