Meteor Shower August 2018: Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

The radiant for the Perseids or area from where the meteors seem to originate is in the constellation Perseus

The peak of the meteor shower will be August 11th - 13th. This year, the moon is in its new phase, which means it won't cast too much distracting light.

The famous Perseids meteor shower will light up the night sky in the country on August 12 and 13.

The Perseids meteor shower will be visible nearly all over the world - but will be best seen in the northern hemisphere.

He said spectators should be able to see 60-70 meteors an hour during the peak hours.

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.

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The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year.

It will last until August 24, but if you want the best view wait to go stargazing until closer to the night of Sunday, August 12.

But unlike lots of meteor showers, which only happen on a night or so, the Perseids is actually spread out over a number of nights.

Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris.

Comet Swift-Tuttle causes the Perseids. These conditions let the Perseids shine brightly as dust trails in our atmosphere turn into the fiery streaks we see while gazing upward in our backyards that lead to astute scientific observations between neighbors, such as "oooh!".

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