Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend

Perseid meteor shower to be observed this August

Look to the Skies This Weekend for a Colorado Meteor Shower

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12.

The August 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower is visible every night for about two weeks before and after its peak which occurs on the night of August 12th until dawn on August 13th.

Skywatchers should be able to see between 60 and 70 per hour at the peak.

On the late evening hours of August 12, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower will start as it will grace the sky with more than 50 meteors per hour until early morning of August 13, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on its bulletin.

The meteor shower is already happening nightly and has been since July 17. So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

The Perseids actually got their name from the constellation Perseus.

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years. Little blazes of light, streaking across the sky, are the result of dust, dirt, and other stuff out there in space smacking into our atmosphere so fast that they burn up as bright flashes of light.

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway.

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