Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a"shooting star" streaking across the sky every few minutes

"You should be able to see them just by looking out of the window".

One of the best-regarded meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend - The Perseid Meteor Shower.

What is the best way for you to watch this year?

Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time. With the moons phase nearly at a new moon, that will help you see the meteors even more!

The Perseids are named after their radiant point of origin in the constellation Perseus.

The meteor shower is known for producing exquisitely bright fireballs streaking across the skies during its short peak. NASA recommends heading out to see the show during predawn hours, but meteor streaks may appear as early as 10 pm; see an updated list of activity here.

According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

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The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is taking place this weekend.

The Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet. By night, most of any rain will exit with remnant cloud cover scattered around.

It's considered to be the best astronomical event of the year, as around 60 to 70 meteors fall per hour. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

The shower will be visible to the naked eye. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.

Perseid meteor travel at 132,000 mph, or over 36 miles per second. The longer one looks at the dark sky, the more the eye will adapt to the lack of light and be more sensitive to catch the faint glow from the meteors. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

Find a spot where you can see the sky with as little obstruction as possible, and set up blankets or lawn chairs by 9 p.m. or so.

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