Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

The Perseids Astronomers prepare for Earth to ‘plow’ into fiery meteor shower

The peak of the meteor shower will be visible on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with the best light show to come before dawn on the 13th.

Earth passes through the path of Swift-Tuttle's debris from July 17 to August 24, with the peak coming August 11-13. But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13. According to an article at CBS Denver, you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour. Lastly, the Perseids are awesome because they are one of the most intense showers.

Stargazers are anxiously awaiting the peak weekend for this year's Perseid meteor shower.

The Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts says the mountains, the shore and anywhere you find a dark night sky are optimal spots for viewing. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky. At least 50 or more meteors per hour will be observed during its peak time.

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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.

No astronomical equipment is needed to see the Perseid Meteor Shower; you just need dark, clear skies, something comfortable to sit on and look up.

In Denver, the best viewing will be Sunday night August 12 into Monday morning (the 13th).

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway.

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