Look up! Perseid meteor shower lighting up the sky this weekend

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to spot the meteors in the northeastern sky.

There's a way for everyone to watch the spectacular Perseids on Saturday and Sunday night as the annual meteor shower reaches its height. "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". Look north to see more meteors.

Even if you find ideal urban viewing conditions, there are a lot of other factors that can affect whether you see meteors, including whether the sky is clear and the properties of meteors themselves.

The meteors will radiate from one central location in the northeast section of the sky, known as the constellation Perseus, from which they take their name. The display of meteors will light up the sky between August 11 and 13.

The Perseid meteor shower can be seen with the naked eye from places without light and environment pollution (clear sky), and darker places, from midnight to dawn.

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


The 2015 Perseid meteor shower.

The peak will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening 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.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

You'll need to get away from city lights and move to a low-lit area.

What exactly is a meteor shower?

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. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour. It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour!


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