The Perseid meteor shower is going to be incredible this weekend

Perseid meteor shower

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.

However, according to NASA, the night before August 11-12, will also be stunning. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching.

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.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower a year ago will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.

Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers).

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.


To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

Fortunately, none of these should be a major issue this year.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

Once darkness falls on August 12, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes.

This means we'll be left with a dark sky for the rest of the night, and only city light pollution will interfere with the show.

The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

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