Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend

Federico Mansilla
Agosto 9, 2018

Although NASA reports that the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com on Thursday that the shower's peak will be most visible the nights of August 11 and August 12, with the second night possibly offering better viewing.

The very popular Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend and it will be extra special this year because of the new moon making the skies extra dark. NASA calls this meteor shower the best one of the year, so you're definitely not going to want to miss this celestial event.

Most likely you'll see lower rates.but still worth a few hours of sky watching.

The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, according to Gary Boyle, an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who is known as "The Backyard Astronomer".

"Meteor showers like the Perseids are caused by streams of meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere", NASA said on Tumblr.

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Know that the meteors all come from a single point in the sky.

Where Can You See the Perseid Meteor Shower?

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year.

During the peak, skywatchers should be able to see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time.

It will take about 15 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness, the best night to see them will be both Saturday night and Sunday night.

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