Perseid meteor shower set to peak this weekend

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the US can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.

As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye.

If you pay attention to the trajectories of the shooting stars in the sky, they look like they're all coming from a point right by the constellation Perseus, NASA says - hence the name Perseids. But in India, it will be the most visible on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, and will be underway after midnight.

To best take advantage of the show, it is suggested that you find a dark area, away from cities where light polution can obstruct the view.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower. "Most people should be able so see a handful an hour".

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The Perseid meteor shower is an annual celestial event loved by stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere - and a moonless sky this year makes for ideal conditions to see the natural light show. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

Experts say up to 75 meteors will be possible per hour as Earth passes through debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

This year, skies will be clear. Let your eyes adjust, and wait. The show gets better further from the lights. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

What is the best way for you to watch this year?

You can also watch the Perseids online, but barring bad weather, we hesitate to recommend that route. If the outburst happens as expected, there'll be an average of two to three meteors per minute.

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