Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

James Marshall
August 8, 2018

During the shower, you can expect to see around 70 meteors per hour, breaking it down to about one meter per minute. According to Space, the shower will peak on August 11 and August 12, but NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke stated one can expect a better show on August 12.

If you are a star gazer, you need to be ready for a show this upcoming weekend! Lastly, the Perseids are awesome because they are one of the most intense showers. The peak of the meteor shower will be August 11th - 13th. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said. This year the moon is only a crescent and sets before midnight making the sky even darker. The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand. The shower is caused by the Earth's atmosphere running into the comet debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, happening every August. However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. Find a spot where you can lay back and comfortably observe as much of the sky as possible. It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danae, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold.

One of the most interesting and handsome things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors!

No special equipment is needed to enjoy this nighttime spectacle, just a dark sky and some patience.

Best viewing time? Well, you might want to take a nap before you head out there.

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