Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

The Perseid meteor shower is happening and Space.com says the shower will peak during overnight hours as Aug. 11 turns into Aug. 12 and again overnight on Aug. 12-13. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

Here's how to catch it.

To see the meteor shower, you don't need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment. It has a nucleus of about 16 miles wide and last passed by Earth in 1992, however, Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, which is what creates the Perseid meteor shower.

The very popular Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend and it will be extra special this year because of the new moon making the skies extra dark.

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Meteor showers occur when Earth passes into the dust left behind by a comet. A radiant is the point of origin of the meteor shower, so the Perseid meteors will appear to be traveling away from the constellation Perseus in the night sky. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.

How can I view the meteor shower? It's best to the weather forecast in advance via www.metoffice.gov.uk as the clearer the skies, the more you'll see - and if there's heavy cloud, you'll struggle. They'll be most visible in the hours leading up to dawn - usually between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. local time, according to the American Meteor Society.

Here are 5 facts to know about what to expect and where in IL the meteor show can be seen. He said after midnight is the best for viewing. 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.

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