Annual meteor shower to peak this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER It can be best seen from the northern hemisphere

During the showers, you can expect to see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, which breaks down to about one meteor per minute. That's fewer than the 150-200 meteors per hour that can be seen in years when the shower is in outburst, but will likely still make for quite the show.

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

She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views.

Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 p.m.to Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless.

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According to the United States space agency, the Perseids are well known for their speed and brightness. Shooting stars could happen every minute. It is important to note that the constellation for which a meteor shower is named is not the source of the meteors, it is simply in the same direction.

"So every year when the Earth orbits the sun and passes through that debris field you get this stream of particles that pass into the atmosphere and gives you this meteor shower", Twarog said. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.

With a "new moon" in place, the sky will extra dark for the astrological show. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. The best time to see the meteor shower's peak locally is late Sunday night / very early Monday morning.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.

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We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere.

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