How, when and where to watch the Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2017

Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

If you spot a meteor shower, what you're really seeing is the leftovers of icy comets crashing into Earth's atmosphere.

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in early-to-late August.

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak on Saturday midnight, this means that stargazers will be able to see maximum of the shower in the shortest amount of time. A fireball meteor is one that flashes at least as bright as the planet Venus is in our night sky (or enough to be visible despite typical levels of light pollution).

Although the weather can interfere with viewing, the event will be held rain or shine.

Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of August 12, but that there'd be a decent show both nights.

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Paul Stoddard, an associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences, will talk about the solar eclipse that's set to happen August 21, explain what causes the phenomenon, and what to look for.

Star gazers see "shooting stars" as Earth plows through the debris left over by a passing comet.

Whether you're on NASA's payroll or a total layman, the Perseid meteor shower is not to be missed. If the moon was in a darker phase, and you were in a dark location, that number would be as high as 80 to 100 meteors per hour, Gallagher noted. The event will also feature live presentations, planetarium shows and videos about the night sky.

The meteor shower will peak in the morning hours between Sunday August 12 and Monday August 13. Unfortunately, the light reflecting off the moon will make it more hard to see the streaking meteors. Lie on your back and look straight up. Taking in as much of the sky as possible will give a much better chance at seeing as many meteors as possible. However, this summer, a particularly bright moon might steal a little of the limelight.

To see the shower in its full glory, stargazers will need to head to large, open spaces - the clearer the skies the better the view.advise people to head to areas away from street lights to see the best of the showers.

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