This Is the Best Time to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

This year the meteor shower is predicted to reach its peak on the night of August 12, as Earth passes through the densest part of the Comet 109/Swift-Tuttle's trail.

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12.

"This year, we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night", Bjerke said. It's one the best opportunities of the year for a celestial show, as the Perseids are known for producing dramatic meteors and even fireballs.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. It manifests as bright streaks of light shooting across the sky but if you blink, they're gone - literally. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

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-The best time to see the Perseids is after 2 a.m. local time, when the Perseus constellation is high in the sky, Space.com reported. If you can't escape the city, try a golf course or a park.

Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute.

Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there's clear weather.

-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view. 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. "When the sun is close to the comet and the Earth is passing through the orbit you get a much bigger result", Twarog said.

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