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Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you

10 August 2018

This picture taken on August 12, 2017 shows a couple enjoying Perseid meteor along the Milky Way illuminating the dark sky near Comillas, Cantabria community, northern Spain, during the "Perseids" meteor shower. "The moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA's Bill Cooke told Space.com.

The August 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower is visible every night for about two weeks before and after its peak which occurs on the night of August 12th until dawn on August 13th. During the shower, you can expect to see around 70 meteors per hour, breaking it down to about one meter per minute.

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And this coming week we'll see what many astronomers consider the very best of all meteor showers - the Perseids.

Best viewing time? Well, you might want to take a nap before you head out there. Lie on your back and look straight up.

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Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!" The Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus in the eastern horizon and is associated with the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle which last passed by Earth in 1992. Little blazes of light, streaking across the sky, are the result of dust, dirt, and other stuff out there in space smacking into our atmosphere so fast that they burn up as bright flashes of light.

Comet Swift-Tuttle causes the Perseids. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular.

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Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you