Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

Mindy Sparks
August 11, 2018

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet. The show gets better further from the lights.

StormCenter 2 Severe Weather Specialist Brad Spakowitz says the meteors are remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Most of the state should experience clear to mostly clear skies each night.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.

So how dark should the sky be?

However, many more photographs will come this weekend when the Perseid meteor shower peaks. "Because Perseids have very long tails so you're going to see that to begin with".

He's also the founder of Pasco Astronomers. Bright city lights might still obscure some of the more interesting parts of the show. Just lie on a blanket and look straight up. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness.

The meteor shower is touted as the most prolific of the year, as between 50 and 60 meteors per hour will light up the sky.

According to NASA, just because this weekend is the peak of the meteor shower doesn't mean they can't be seen afterward.

Even if you find ideal urban viewing conditions, there are a lot of other factors that can affect whether you see meteors, including whether the sky is clear and the properties of meteors themselves.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

Look for the meteors originating out of the north, though they can appear from anywhere.

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