How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

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

The meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of August 11 and 12, and the show will get underway around midnight local time.

From Aug.11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour.

This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the United States and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

Those who live in mid-northern latitudes will be able to enjoy the best views, according to NASA.


Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear. However, they can be seen clearest after sunset.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

If you're courageous enough to give it a try, make sure to follow these key tips by NASA.

The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.


Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower? Your meteor rates will be lower, but it's possible to see at least a few of the brightest meteors over the course of a few hours.

The Perseids are a result of the Earth's orbit, when it travels through the cloud of debris caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is set to light up the night sky this weekend.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.


If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12.

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