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See the Perseid meteor shower in the Netherlands

11 August 2019

Get ready to see some huge ass fireballs to fly past the Earth because the Persied meteor shower is going to be visible from Australia on August 13.

The Rifle River Recreation Area is once again hosting Meteors and S'mores August 9, giving people the chance to watch the Perseid meteor shower while enjoying a campfire and s'mores. The light from the moon will outshine some of the dimmer meteors but after the moon sets around 4:30 am more meteors will become visible. There will still be meteors streaking across the sky when night falls, but you may not see as many. To view the meteor shower look towards the northeast, said park officials. Those who live in big cities or brightly lit suburbs would of course, see much less. This will leave a small window in which the sky will be totally dark, free of any moonlight. If clouds or other obstacles get in the way, tune into the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page for a live camera feed from Alabama starting around 6 p.m. PT on August 12. However, some regions in the far north of the country also boast pristine skies-such as parts of Maine, Minnesota and Michigan-in addition to large areas off Hawaii. As the full moon is on August 15, moonlight from the waxing gibbous moon close to the nights around the peak will obscure all but the brightest meteors. The full moon will drown out the fainter ones, leaving only the bright ones.

Where do the Perseids come from? . That's as bright as a first- or last-quarter moon and, in both cases, bright enough to cast distinct shadows!

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The annual Perseid meteor shower will light up the night skies with up to 80 meteors an hour next week.

The Perseid meteor shower is made up of bits of debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. On the night of the peak, our home planet will run across the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Over the few years centered on that one, the Perseids produced intense (albeit brief) meteor displays of up to a few hundred meteors per hour. However, don't be fooled into thinking this makes the show any less spectacular!

You can also catch the meteor shower via NASA's Facebook page.

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You don't have to leave the comfort of your computer to enjoy the Perseids.

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium.

Stargazers rejoice! The astronomical event of the year is just around the corner.

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See the Perseid meteor shower in the Netherlands