Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend

James Marshall
August 9, 2018

If a meteor makes it all the way to Earth without burning completely up, it graduates from a meteor to a meteorite, however, most of the meteors in the Perseids are about the size of a grain of sand and are much too small to make it to Earth.

The Perseid Meteor Shower will reach it's peak between August 11-13 this year. Most of the "shooting stars" will be coming in from upper right to lower left. Experts say we don't need anything special to watch the show, just clear skies and a location away from bright lights. It is unclear what the weather will be like during this night, but if the skies are clear stargazers will be in for a treat. NASA reports that it's possible to see meteors in the shower as early as 10 p.m. local time, but pre-dawn hours are better for viewing.

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend
Don't miss the meteor shower

The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13. "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory. As a bonus, Mars and Saturn should also be easily viewable. To get a good view, you should first lie down and then look to the northeast, the direction of the meteor shower. Dense, well-lit cities are probably not the best place to set up your lawn chairs. 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.

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