Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?

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The Perseid Meteor Shower is back and the 2018 edition could be a banner event as we learn on Looking Up this week. Nearly ideal conditions for viewing the night sky.

These bits of ice and dust burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. We've talked about the Perseid's before, so why am I talking about them again? The Big Show though is expected to arrive this weekend with the Persied's peak.

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, said: "The moon is very favourable 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". Infinite amount of shooting stars and wishes!

The Perseid meteor shower will peak during the overnight hours between August 11 and August 12, according to Forbes.

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He said spectators should be able to see 60-70 meteors an hour during the peak hours. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular. Heck, even tonight you'll see a few.

A major determining factor on where a good place is to watch the Perseids meteor shower is local cloud cover and artificial light pollution.

The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Perseids, or any of the other wonderful and awesome things in the sky, please visit csastro.org for a link to information on our monthly meetings and our free public star parties.

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