This Is the Best Time to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

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.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

You can still see meteors before and after the Perseid showers peak, and you dont need special equipment.

The Perseids are part of the 16-mile comet Swift-Tuttle's trail of dust, and they're named after the constellation Perseus, according to the American Meteor Society.

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field. Bill Cooke, a scientist at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Alabama, framed the phenomenon well in a 2016 interview with NASA.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show.

Some 60 to 100 meteors — better known as shooting stars — can be seen per hour as the Earth encounters the gritty debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the icy parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

By Monday morning, that boundary should have cleared and it looks like viewing conditions will be good for just about all of New England.

You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute.

In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.

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