Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

The Perseids radiant at roughly midnight on August 12-13 2018. Credit Stellarium  Scott Sutherland

The Perseids radiant at roughly midnight on August 12-13 2018. Credit Stellarium Scott Sutherland

Pipestone National Monument will be a great place to view the meteor shower, providing a wide area of night sky viewing and minimal background light pollution.

Comets are large, icy solar system bodies. "The Earth can pass into this dust and (the) tiny particles hit the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and burn up causing a flash of a meteor". A meteorite is any part of the meteoroid that survives and lands on Earth.

Boyle says the meteors, which are shooting starts are the size of a grain of sand and some of the bigger stars can generate fireballs that light up the sky and ground.

Meteors of the Perseid meteor shower in 2017.

Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth. "Even if the viewing conditions aren't the best, you're likely to spot some meteors during the maximum nights of the Perseid meteor shower each year".

The Perseid meteor shower is back, space enthusiasts. Look toward the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky between 9:30 p.m. and 5 view shooting stars.

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NASA scientists anticipate 60 to 70 meteors an hour are possible this weekend.

The key to seeing the Perseid Meteor Shower?

With the rate of 60-70 per hour, you can expect to see about one meteor per minute - so the longer you stay out, the more you will see.

The show might not be quite as grand on August 11 and Aug.13, but it will still be a treat.

Meteor enthusiasts in Chicago have two factors working against them: the bright city lights and the moon, which will be shining in its crescent form during the overnight hours of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13 when the meteor shower passes by. Monthly meetings are free to the public with special events and telescope rentals exclusive to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center members.

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