Annual Perseid Meteor Shower In August

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

Don't miss the meteor shower

According to an article at CBS Denver, you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, said.

You might want to go to bed a little later the weekend of Aug.11 because the best meteor shower in years is about to happen. In 2016, it was an outburst year, which means the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The Perseid shower is one of the most popular shower among stargazers, sending it be one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the entire year.

"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", Cooke said.

But don't worry. The Comet Swift-Tuttle isn't going to crash into the Earth any time soon, if at all, NASA says. The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular.

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24. The Northern Hemisphere down to the mid-southern latitudes are the best locations for viewing. NASA recommends viewing the meteor shower from dark areas, such as the countryside of suburb area, so stay away from those city lights! At least 50 or more meteors per hour will be observed during its peak time.

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