Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

Perseid meteor shower 2018

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

The Perseids, which are the most famous summer meteors, will reach peak on Sunday 12th August up to early hours of Monday 13th August.

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.

Travelling at a speedy 37 miles a second, they come from the direction of the constellation Perseus.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA.

The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views.

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During these nights the moon will be in its crescent-shape, or "new moon" phase.

If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

Perseid meteors tend to be brighter than others so the shower is ideal for anyone wishing to see their first "shooting star".

Just allow yourself 30 minutes for your eyes to get adjusted to the dark. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States.

Being in the northern hemisphere, the United Kingdom is in a prime spot to witness the lunar show.

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