Check out the Perseid Meteor showers this weekend

Check out the Perseid Meteor showers this weekend

Check out the Perseid Meteor showers this weekend

Stargazers will get an exceptional treat this weekend as Perseid meteors shoot across the sky at a rate of nearly one per minute.

Cox said the shower is a result of a specific comet called the the Swift-Tuttle. The peak of this shower happens as earth passes through the most dense part of that comet's path.

Sunday night, Mt. Hood Meadows is holding a free "star party" from 9 midnight, complete with telescopes for visitors to get a close look at stars and planets, as well as hot-chocolate and s'mores. An average of 60 to 70 meteors per hour are possible. For people in North America, it is as simple as going outside and looking up. "The moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA's Bill Cooke told This means that there is less light interference from the moon this weekend, which will help meteors be more visible. Americans from coast to coast will have a chance to enjoy the cosmic show as long as the local weather cooperates. Skies will be partly cloudy on Saturday evening.

Hint: the best times to see it is early Sunday and Monday mornings.

No special equipment is necessary to see the meteors. The other great meteor showers of the year happen during November and December, when you need to muster up a bit more courage to hang outside in the middle of a cold night.

Overall, temperatures will be in the 70s both nights.

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