Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

Perseid meteor shower

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

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower".

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower? According to the space agency, the annual meteor shower, also called the summer Perseids, stands out from most meteor showers by having a very broad peak of high meteor rates.

Perhaps you might remember an fantastic meteor show back in the early 1990s? "This is how we know the Perseids always put on the best show of the year in August for many years". Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet sweeping up this dust at a closing speed of over 100,000 miles per hour and the tiny particles vaporise instantly from friction with the upper atmosphere. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Cooke said the first shooting stars will appear around 10:30 p.m. local time on august 12 and will come with increasing frequency as the night progresses. Perseid meteors, caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, began streaking across the skies in late July and will peak on August 12. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

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Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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.

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show!

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

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