'Awesome' Perseid meteor shower coming next week to a sky near you

2014 Perseids meteor shower captured from Joshua Tree National Park

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. The Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus in the eastern horizon and is associated with the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle which last passed by Earth in 1992. NASA meteor specialist Bill Cooke told Space.com that the moon will play an important role in this year's Perseid shower. But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming this weekend.

A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus. Well...anywhere! NASA said anyone watching should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors an hour during the shower's peak. No equipment is necessary.

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Pull up a chair and enjoy this years edition of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and we may have those. This year the moon is only a crescent and sets before midnight making the sky even darker.

Best viewing time? Well, you might want to take a nap before you head out there.

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