How to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is taking place this weekend. This year's meteor shower will peak overnight on Sunday, August 12, 2018. Find a comfortable spot with as a wide a view of the night sky as possible, preferably away from light pollution, and just relax, lie back and look up.

The club's president Katie Rink says the Perseid meteor shower's peak coincides with the new moon.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch.

You can also watch the Perseids online, but barring bad weather, we hesitate to recommend that route. Let is know in the comments.

"We'll go inside Dynamic Earth, to kind of just talk about what meteor showers are, and what the difference is between meteor shows and comets, stuff like that", she said.

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. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. In Europe, the eastern European nations may offer some of the clearest skies.

If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north.

The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus which will be in the northeast sky. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second. Or maybe even a little earlier, because, as NASA points out, it may take up to an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness-so give yourself plenty of time to settle in to view the meteors. "Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak". The best viewing times are a few hours after twilight, up until dawn, on days surrounding the peak.

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