Perseid Meteor Shower 2018: 5 Things To Know

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018: 5 Things To Know

- The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is this weekend and it's expected to be the best of the year. This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get.

When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors. "If you were to draw the lines of the meteors and connect them back to where they started, they all seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus", she said.

Even if the sky isn't clear where you are, it's possible to watch a live webcast of the meteor shower anywhere via the Slooh observatory.

According to NASA, the meteor shower peaks from 4 p.m. (EDT) on the August 12 until 4 a.m. on the August 13.

Attention stargazers: the most popular meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend.

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The Perseid meteors are the cosmic rubble and debris left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. In rural areas, the showers should be visible within a few minutes.

Sky gazers and astronomers recommend watching the meteor show during the darkest hour of the night, far away from cities and other sources of light pollution. In contrast, clouds, showers and scattered thunderstorms will thwart prospective meteor watchers in a swath extending from the southern Great Plains northeast through the Carolinas, the Middle Atlantic states and on up into the so-called "Northeast Corridor", running from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour).

A number of planets will also be highly visible. All you have to do is look up into the night sky with as many as 60 meteors per hour. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page.

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