Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

According to the space agency, the annual meteor shower, also called the summer Perseids, stands out from most meteor showers by having a very broad peak of high meteor rates.

Keen stargazers may have already spotted one or two streaking meteors since around mid-July when the Perseids started to appear.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the best of the year", said Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight -- or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up". That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line. The peak will be from 9.00 pm on Sunday 12th August to 4.30 am on Monday 13th August.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle. It orbits the sun every 133 years and was last seen in 1992 - so it won't be back again until 2126.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky.

However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates.

The Perseids are best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere in the pre-dawn hours.

Where do the Perseids come from?

The best nights to follow the fall of such meteors will be 11th, 12th and 13th of August 2018.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear.

Cooke recommends steering clear of bright city lights in order to get the best view.

For optimal meteor-spotting chances be sure to stay away from bright lights and sources of urban pollution like street lamps, cars and buildings.

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