The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

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PA SHOWER The Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky tonight

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the ideal backdrop for the late-summer nature show.

"The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show".

Here are some facts about the Perseid meteor shower.

The comet the meteors are born from, Swift Tuttle, has been in orbit for thousands of years.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

Yet, light pollution in towns and cities can prevent optimum viewing conditions, and reduce the visibility of the shooting stars.

With a nucleus that is 26 km in diameter, Comet Swift-Tuttle contains almost 30 times the kinetic energy of the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs. But that won't happen until 4479, so no need to run to the bunker just yet. These enter the atmosphere around 35 miles per hour, so they're a faster-moving show.

Every year, our planet passes through a cloud of dust left behind a huge comet, and this year we're passing through from Monday 6 August to Sunday 19 August, but the night of the best and brightest of the meteor shower hitting our atmosphere will be Sunday 12 August! Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground.

Nearly none reach the ground, but if one does, it's called a meteorite.

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