How to see Perseids meteor shower and when to get best view

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise.

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

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

The next time it will pass is 2126.

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Comet Swift-Tuttle - photographed here on April 4, 1892 (top) and April 6, 1892 (bottom) - whizzes through our solar system every 133 years, leaving a trail of dust and debris behind it. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

This year there will be favourable viewing conditions.

Although the shower peaks on August 12, you'll be able to see a good deal of shooting stars all weekend and into Monday. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute.

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

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