Look Up for the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend
Look Up for the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend
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Another said: "Experiencing my first ever Perseid Meteor Shower and actually seeing stars in this way is just attractive and wow".
Late Sunday night to early Monday morning will mark the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, arguably the most popular and dramatic meteor shower around.
Once darkness falls, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes. And experts believe it may be the best meteor shower of 2018.
"The Perseids have been observed for around 2000 years, and are the result of Earth passing through a cloud of dust left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle". The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.
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As Cooke concluded: "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".
"For me, the Perseids are unique because they are reliable and easy: Reliable since every year, the shower is rich in meteors, and visible for more than one night".
The United States, Europe, and Canada will be able to see the Perseids at their best, with similarly stellar views in Mexico and Central America, Asia, much of Africa, and parts of South America.
To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well! Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead.
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