Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows


The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

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. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth. This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

"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", Cooke told

Although we won't see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it.

Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers).

Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless. And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to flawless this year.

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The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute. It manifests as bright streaks of light shooting across the sky but if you blink, they're gone - literally.

The meteors are travelling at an estimated 37 miles per second, so you'll have to keep your eyes open.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".