How to see Perseids meteor shower and where to get best view

An observer and the spectacular appearance of our Milky Way galaxy as seen from a very dark site

An observer and the spectacular appearance of our Milky Way galaxy as seen from a very dark site

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, bringing pieces of the comet into the upper atmosphere that light up the sky as they burn up. Stargazers should be able to see around 60-70 meteors per hour during the two peak nights.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? That means the meteors' fireballs and tails should look spectacular on a practically moonless night. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

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A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

So how do you see it?

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that's where the point from which they appear to originate, called the radiant, is located.

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This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year.

Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018. "The moon is very favorable 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".

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.

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

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