Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurs each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

"The moon is very favorable 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", Cooke told Space.com.

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert claims.

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12, into the wee hours of the morning on August 13. That was most likely the Perseids. Don't have time to wait another 107 years for it to come back?

The storm peaks in the early morning hours (just after midnight) of August 12 and 13 - this Sunday and Monday.

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"The average particle size is that of large sand grain but some small pea gravel-size meteors can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground", he continued. A sun lounger, or deckchair, will let you relax and look up without craning your neck.

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks.

Stargazers are advised to find a suitable location away from urban light pollution. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?

That is the million-dollar question of course. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States.

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