How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

Perseid meteor shower

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

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.

The storm peaks in the early morning hours (just after midnight) of August 12 and 13 - this Sunday and Monday.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is upon us again with the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although a year ago saw about 80 an hour. "The Perseids will put on a great show".

Unlike other celestial sightings that require a telescope or binoculars, the best way to watch a meteor shower is with the naked eye.

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The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

When is the Perseid meteor shower peak?

Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. Mars and Saturn will also be visible at different points.

On the odd occasion, however, the shower has been known to exceed all expectations during the peak.

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.

The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will be visible from October 2 to November 7 and is expected to peak on the night of Oct. 21-22.

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