The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show".

To get the best view, you'll want to be somewhere with minimal cloud coverage and light pollution.

The meteor show will peak overnight on Sunday, August 12th and into early Monday morning.

As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye.

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to spot the meteors in the northeastern sky. According to, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

A Perseid meteor streaking down the sky in 2010 in Springfield, Vermont. Meteors should appear at rates of 60 to 90 per hour.

The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year at this time. Though already underway, as Earth moves further into a cloud of debris left from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last passed us in 1992 and should stop by again in 2126, the number of meteors will quickly ramp up.

If you miss the meteors this weekend, the shower will continue until late August, although the meteors won't be as frequent. In Europe, the eastern European nations may offer some of the clearest skies. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface.

You'll need to let your eyes adjust to the darkness. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour). "After midnight is probably going to be some of the best times to go out, that's because as the Earth is rotating after midnight our location will be rotating into the debris field".

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