What you need to know to see this weekend's big meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower

'This year the Moon will not be up there around the Perseid's peak, so it will not contaminate the sky with its light: so, the sky will be dark and meteors will be visible much better, provided you will go under a reasonably dark sky, ' astronomer Gianluca Masi told Metro.

NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower". But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires. The club will have telescopes for people to view different stars and even view some of the meteors before the peak.

The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

For the best views, Cooke recommends finding a dark place, away from any sources of light, and simply lying on your back and looking straight up.

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And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze. At their peak, the Perseids can produce 100 meteors an hour. At peak time under good conditions, you can expect to see 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them. Debris from the tail end of this comet hits our atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour and burns up before it makes contact with the surface of the Earth. During August, this loose nest of stars rises above the northeast horizon before midnight. According to Live Science, Swift-Tuttle is the largest known object to repeatedly pass close by earth. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".

The Perseids get their name from the constellation Perseus, which the meteors seem to come from (they do not actually originate in the constellation). However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an unbelievable light show.

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