Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Perseid meteor shower

This year's show is predicted to be an "average" show by Perseid standards, with as many as 50-60 meteors per hour at peak.

The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object that repeatedly passes earth.

METEORS come from the small particles, around the size of a grain of sand, left behind by comets (and some asteroids) as they orbit the sun.

According to Space, this August during the peak, there should be about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, although previous year saw about 80 an hour.

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

Time: Watch the spectacle between midnight and dawn on the morning of August 12. and between midnight and dawn on the morning of August 13.

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During these nights the moon will be in its crescent-shape, or "new moon" phase.

However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates. Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

Bill Cooke, NASA meteor expert, told Space.com: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". Find a comfortable spot with as a wide a view of the night sky as possible, preferably away from light pollution, and just relax, lie back and look up.

The good news is you will be able to see the meteor shower with the naked eye.

Being in the northern hemisphere, the United Kingdom is in a prime spot to witness the lunar show.

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