The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

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Get ready to look up in the sky: The best meteor shower of the year is coming.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of august 11-12 and 12-13.

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Stargazers are anxiously awaiting the peak weekend for this year's Perseid meteor shower.

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

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Most of the Perseid meteors that we observe now were ejected from Swift-Tuttle about 1,000 years ago. The last time Swift-Tuttle passed near Earth was in 1992, which was so large that earth spends weeks inside the debris zone it left behind. As they burn up the particles appear as shooting stars, creating bright streaks in the sky. The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand. But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13. The Northern Hemisphere down to the mid-southern latitudes are the best locations for viewing.

A major determining factor on where a good place is to watch the Perseids meteor shower is local cloud cover and artificial light pollution.

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The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at some 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light.

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