Perseid Meteor Shower to put on show over South Florida

Want to see a shooting star? Perseid meteor shower underwayMore

Want to see a shooting star? Perseid meteor shower underwayMore

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is already underway. The Persid Meteor Shower will be at its peak this weekend.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming this weekend.

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular. The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky.

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The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway. The last time Swift-Tuttle passed near Earth was in 1992, which was so large that earth spends weeks inside the debris zone it left behind.

It can take about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and Cooke said the longer you wait, the more you'll see.

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and we may have those.

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