Annual Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend To Be Spectacular

Mindy Sparks
August 9, 2018

The Perseids peak during mid-August.

Earth is now passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and the best meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend as a result.

Anyone living in the Northern hemisphere Saturday and Sunday will have a chance to watch what is "probably the best [meteor] shower of 2018", as NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke put it. Although not an outburst year (150-200 meteors per hour) spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour this weekend. As the Earth spins around the sun it passes through the trail of space dust and debris from the comet Swit-Tuttle.

Boyle says the meteors strike the earth's atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour, causing long streaks that completely vaporize.

EarthSky also says that it is important to know that all meteors come from a single point in the sky.

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year.

Where Can You See the Perseid Meteor Shower?

While the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, the best time to see the shower starts August 11, thanks to the new moon that day. They'll be most visible in the hours leading up to dawn - usually between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. local time, according to the American Meteor Society.

There's no need for special equipment or astronomical knowledge to enjoy the shower.

The Perseid meteor shower may be an annual event, but it's such an exciting celestial show that it's always worth another look.

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