Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye

Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert, told Space.com: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors.

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

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The best place to view the meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, during the pre-dawn hours. That's when the peak will start to build as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years.

The Perseid meteor shower usually dominates the sky in mid-August.

This is between midnight and 5.30am on both August 12 and August 13, the Royal Museums Greenwich said.

Every year stargazers look to the sky mid-August to see a spectacular display.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

Your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark, but the longer you wait outside the more you will see.

In India, the shower will be visible from any place away form light pollution by city lights.

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