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Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye

This year, the Perseids peak between the night of Sunday, August 12, and the morning of Monday, August 13.

The Perseids meteor shower - one of the best cosmic spectacles of the year - is coming this weekend.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.

"This year's shower peak, however, has the added bonus of dark skies courtesy of an early-setting crescent Moon". But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires.

Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through debris from comets and asteroids.

This year there will be favourable viewing conditions.

You can watch the meteor shower on the Virtual Telescope Project's website starting from August 12.

-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones.

"Comets are dusty snowballs and when they come close to the sun they leave behind a trails of dust, and every year Earth's orbit has it sweeping through this dust trail", Pahud said.

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower? The number will then start to diminish, though higher-than-average meteor activity associated with the Perseids should be visible through August 24. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago.

A tent stands out against the starlit sky during the Perseid meteor shower on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas. There's no need to look in any direction - the shooting stars should be visible in every part of the sky, weather permitting.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus. Hopefully, clear skies will allow for the best viewing.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

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