Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you

Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you

And even though it doesn't peak until the nights of August 11-12 or 12-13, it is already producing the fireball meteors that the Perseids are famous for. The best time to view is in the pre-dawn hours. 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.

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible nearly all over the world - but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere.

The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said. The shower is caused by the Earth's atmosphere running into the comet debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, happening every August.

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A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night.

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. Then, sit back and wait while, looking at the northeastern sky.

In ancient Greek star lore, Perseus is the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Danae, according to Earthsky.

No special equipment is needed to view the shower. "So don't rush the process".

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