Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

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"The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August, and its fame comes from the fact that it reliably has the brightest and most numerous meteors". They aren't very bright, so you have to get out of the city lights to see them.

This early activity may be a good omen for the nights ahead, especially August 11th-13th when Earth is expected to pass through the densest part of the comet's debris zone.

"Earth ploughs through the debris of a comet that's surrounding the sun and some meteor showers might generate about 10 meteors an hour, but the Perseids are over 100 meteors per hour".

"The Perseid shower is named for the constellation Perseus, which is its radiant".

Several planets will also likely be visible during the meteor shower, including Venus (around 9:30 p.m.), Jupiter (around 11 p.m.) and Saturn (viewable until around 2 a.m.), according to Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.

Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

How can I see them? It's best to the weather forecast in advance via as the clearer the skies, the more you'll see - and if there's heavy cloud, you'll struggle.

Boyle says the best place to see the shower is away from the light, which means heading out of the city but advises people not to trespass on other peoples properties. This usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes - so get comfortable.

The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August. Most of the "shooting stars" will be coming in from upper right to lower left.

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