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Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

"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", Cooke told Space.com.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower a year ago will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month. The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.

The annual Perseid meteor shower happens when the Earth sweeps through dust that's left behind by a comet swift-tunnel, according to University of Manitoba instructor Danielle Pahud.

The view is expected to be exceptional this year because the showers coincide with a new moon.

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The meteors appear to shoot off of the constellation Perseus, which is how they get their name.

The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors. 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.

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze.

The best time to view the Perseids is around midnight and during the early hours of the morning - up until 5.30am - when light pollution is at its lowest.

If you are in a city, try to get somewhere at least somewhat sheltered from lights, maybe a park or backyard. During that optimum period you could see between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.

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-Give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark sky."Don't expect to walk outside and see Perseids", Cooke said.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and U.S. should be golden. During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

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