Meteor shower of the year coming up


Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views.

The meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of August 11 and 12, and the show will get underway around midnight local time.

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early leaving a dark canvas for the meteors' bright streaks.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

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"You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

When is the best time to see them? But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak. Just make sure you have a clear view of a large swathe of the sky and be patient.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights.

Skygazers can witness up to a whopping 60 and 70 meteors every 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.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.