Perseid Meteor Shower at Monument

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Here's when Perseid meteor shower is likely to put on a show over Seattle

"The key is to get out of town to a nice flat open area because these meteors actually burn and vaporize anywhere in the sky, north, south, east or west". Experts say we don't need anything special to watch the show, just clear skies and a location away from bright lights.

In preparation for this cosmic event, planetarium specialist Monica Marshall of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is here to explain what a meteor shower is and provide tips for seeing shooting stars this August.

The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, as the flashes appear to originate from the constellation.

During the Perseid meteor showers, most visible across the US on Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, people may witness 50 to 100 meteors per hour in clear, summer night skies. The comet has an orbital period of about 130 years, and the meteors are small particles, some as small as a grain of sand, entering the Earth's upper atmosphere at around 130,000mph.

Where Can You See the Perseid Meteor Shower?

The Perseid meteor shower lights up the Earth's sky every summer about this time as our planet passes through the trail left be Comet Swift-Tuttle.

How can I see them? Head to a dark area in the suburbs or countryside, lay down a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy the celestial show. The number of shooting stars will increase daily until August 12, when the meteor shower reaches its peak.

When is the best time to see it this year?

The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August.

With the rate of 60-70 per hour, you can expect to see about one meteor per minute - so the longer you stay out, the more you will see.

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year.

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