Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

If you happen to be in a light-pollution-free area with nice weather, you'll probably be able to see about 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the moonless sky, according to NASA estimates.

And this coming weekend, another cosmic wonder will be lighting up the sky: hundreds of meteors during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

There's no need to worry about meteors raining down on you, though, as Sky and Telescope says the bright streaks of the Perseids burning up are actually about 80 miles (128,748 meters) above your head and created by pieces of space debris about the size of a small pebble.

The meteors we see in August are fragments left by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

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The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although past year saw about 80 an hour.

The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights.

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