More than 100 shooting stars expected in weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak

Katie Ramirez
August 9, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar.

The interstellar debris slams into the Earth's atmosphere at impressive speeds and burns up in the night skies, producing bright fireballs.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although past year saw about 80 an hour.

The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the night progresses.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

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Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be? "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".

On the odd occasion, however, the shower has been known to exceed all expectations during the peak.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018. However, this year there will be a New Moon the night before the meteor shower peaks, making an appearance just after sunset as a thin crescent, according to The Weather Network.

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

If you happen to be in a light-pollution-free area with nice weather, you'll probably be able to see about 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the moonless sky, according to NASA estimates.

Spectators in the Northern Hemisphere will have the best view of the Perseid meteor shower, as the meteors will appear to radiate out from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky. Your rooftop may not be the best solution, especially if you're in downtown (you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible).

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