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Meteor shower in the Netherlands

09 August 2018

Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteor shower, however you will see some in the early evening. The only concern for viewing is wildfire smoke is likely to stay parked over Montana through next week.

An estimated 60 to 70 meteors will soar through the sky per hour on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that this year's shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak.

Why does this occur every summer? The comet debris heats up as it enters the atmosphere and burns up as it streaks across the sky at 37 miles per second!

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Boyle says the best place to see the shower is away from the light, which means heading out of the city but advises people not to trespass on other peoples properties.

Unfortunately the earth will pass through the thickest part of the dust field during the day on Friday and will not be visible but at night there will be enough debris to see the light show.

"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". The higher the radiant, the more meteors appear all over the sky.

In preparation for this cosmic event, planetarium specialist Monica Marshall of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is here to explain what a meteor shower is and provide tips for seeing shooting stars this August.

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There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars. It takes 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, so the longer you wait, the more you will see!

To see the Perseids, look to the north.

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Meteor shower in the Netherlands