Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

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Last year, the meteor shower was more hard to see, as the moon was three quarters full.

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.

According to Cook, the moon will be near a new moon, and will be crescent, setting before the Perseid show, underway after midnight. Infinite amount of shooting stars and wishes!


In some countries, Mars and Saturn will also be visible during this time.

Skywatchers should be able to see between 60 and 70 per hour at the peak. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The Perseids got their name from the constellation Perseus they come from.


"Unlike most meteor showers which have a short peak of high meteor rates, the Perseids have a very broad peak as Earth takes more than three weeks to plow through the wide trail of cometary dust from Comet Swift-Tuttle", NASA JPL reported. The Perseids are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. Absolutely nothing, just your eyes!

The best viewing will be with the darkest sky you can find. NASA says that at the peak of meteor activity you could see up to 100 meteors per hour.


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