You Should Definitely Try to See the Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

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It's going to shower meteors Aug. 12

"You want to get away from bright lights of the city, so if you can go out into the countryside somewhere, maybe up north, where the sky is really dark, you'll be able to see shooting stars and more meteors".

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862. The meteors are made of tiny dust and other particles from the tail of the comet as it orbits around the sun.

In August of 2018, the Perseid meteor shower will be pretty incredible, as the peak night for seeing it will coincide with a new moon. The moonlight will make a lot of the dimmer meteors invisible, which will lower the overall count.

You're in luck if you live in the northern hemisphere or above mid-southern latitudes, because you'll have the clearest view of the shower on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The greatest numbers of meteors will be between midnight and just before dawn on the mornings of August 11-13.

The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

The peak time for Perseid watching will be Saturday night and before dawn on Sunday, but the meteors may already be making an appearance.

"Be sure to be patient when looking for the meteors", Dr. James Hackley, an optometrist with Gemini Eye Care, said. Tonight between 9 pm and the early hours of tomorrow are when the best of the showers can be seen.

But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park.

The annual Perseids is predicted to be one of the most spectacular shows of the year - but don't worry if you're missing out tonight, the display is expected to dazzle the skies for a whole week.

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