Stunning Perseid meteor shower is at its peak this weekend

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Although the Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, meteors will be visible through the end of August. At most NASA says we could expect about 40-50 per hour. But a bright, almost full moon and a cloudy sky will likely obscure the shooting stars, 90 of which can be seen every hour under the right circumstances.

Saturday the 12 might be better for observation, Sky and Telescope said, since the moon will rise a little later and be a tad dimmer.

"You could see none at all for a few minutes and then two or three".

Smith said the current forecast calls for showers and storms from Friday night through Sunday. Turn off your porch lights, get away from streetlights and find your dark, happy space. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said. During that time, up to 150 meteors per hour are possible.

"The increased number will be cancelled out by the bright Moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", according to a NASA blog post.

She also suggests downloading a free astronomy app - Celestron SkyPortal is her favorite - in order to locate the constellation Perseus, where the Perseids appear to originate from. For the Perseids, thank Comet Swift-Tuttle - periodic comet 109P, discovered during the Civil War.

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The comet sheds debris that can range from the size of a pinhead to a half-dollar, Cooke said.

On its annual trip around the sun, Earth smacks into these dirty leftover trails. As the earth moves through the debris, bits of debris will move into the top of the earth's atmosphere.

At Babcock State Park, naturalist Abby Rice will provide meteor-spotting guidance during a Perseid Party that starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Boley Lake. But there is a lot of "fake news" floating around the internet about this weekend's shower, and we're here to debunk it for you. Register here as a paid member or as a free user to submit your falling star counts.

Slooh will be live streaming the whole thing starting on August 13 at 10AM AEST. Join former sports broadcaster Gerry Monteux and astronomers Paul Cox and Bob Berman for this heavenly tour of racing stars.

As for best spots to watch and photograph the Perseids, Mosby recommends checking out Emerald Bay or any of the South Shore beaches.

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