Perseid meteor shower to offer a spectacular show this weekend


"Most of the meteors that we see are little tiny pieces of the comet that are about the size of a grain of sand". Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015, in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada.

The Perseid meteor shower lights up the Earth's sky every summer about this time as our planet passes through the trail left be Comet Swift-Tuttle.

During the Perseid meteor showers, most visible across the USA on Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, people may witness 50 to 100 meteors per hour in clear, summer night skies.

The Perseid Meteor Shower will reach it's peak between August 11-13 this year.

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The Perseids will be most visible in the Northern Hemisphere and clearest during pre-dawn hours, according to NASA.

Most likely you'll see lower rates.but still worth a few hours of sky watching.

How can I view the meteor shower?

"This year we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night, it will be a very thin crescent so it should be quite dark".

While the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, the best time to see the shower starts August 11, thanks to the new moon that day.

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What is a meteor shower?

To enjoy the Perseids, you don't need any special equipment - only your eyes.

Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights.

It will take about 15 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness, the best night to see them will be both Saturday night and Sunday night.

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