How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

Katie Ramirez
August 10, 2018

The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

People can view the meteors streaming across the sky anywhere away from downtown Lawrence.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is underway as of July 17, but it will reach its peak late Sunday night into Monday morning (August 12th and 13th).

"Comets are spectacular and handsome and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although a year ago saw about 80 an hour. Your meteor rates will be lower, but it's possible to see at least a few of the brightest meteors over the course of a few hours.

The meteor shower will be visible without any special equipment, all you need to bring is a bit of patience. However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an fantastic light show.

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Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show. The Perseids are part of the 16-mile comet Swift-Tuttle's trail of dust, and they're named after the constellation Perseus, according to the American Meteor Society. 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.

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak.

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018.

When is the next meteor shower?

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

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