Meteor Shower Expected For This Weekend

The Perseid meteor shower will be visible around the world this weekend.

While only about 60 to 70 meteors will be visible per hour, the new moon, which will set before the show gets underway, will give viewers a favorable view, making it the best meteor shower of 2018.

The Perseid meteors are actually pieces of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth.

The shower’s peak will be visible the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13. 

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said he believes the night of Aug. 12-13 being a better show.

He said the key to getting the best show is “to take in as much sky as possible.”

NASA says even though the Perseids are visible as early as 10 p.m., they are best viewed in the predawn hours.

Those who plan to catch a glimpse of the shower also will be able to see Mars until about 4 a.m. (local time) and Saturn until about 2 a.m. (local time).

Click here to find the best dark spot for optimal viewing of the meteor shower.


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