LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

"The Perseid shower is named for the constellation Perseus, which is its radiant".

It's a good year to watch the Perseids, according to Mel Blake, associate professor for physics and astronomy, and director of the University of North Alabama Planetarium.

Boyle says the meteors strike the earth's atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour, causing long streaks that completely vaporize.

"Earth ploughs through the debris of a comet that's surrounding the sun and some meteor showers might generate about 10 meteors an hour, but the Perseids are over 100 meteors per hour".

Blake said the Earth will pass into the orbit of the comet Temple-Tuttle, which will enable us to see the annual Perseid Meteor shower reach its peak.

How can I see them?

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This meteor shower and others can be seen in a time lapse from space in an interactive map provided with data from NASA Ames Researcher Peter Jenniskens.

For the best viewing, get yourself to a dark area.

"People often ask when we can see it in the city, and to be honest you may not see it at all", Nichols said.

There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

"The more stars you can see, the more meteors will also be visible", according to the American Meteor Society. Over the next several days, weather permitting, you might get a chance to wish upon a shooting star! Sleeping bags, blankets and food and drink supplies can all help make for a more comfortable experience while you're out searching for shooting stars.

It may take a little while before you see one, and it's easy to look away and miss one!

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