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09 August 2018, 07:08 | Justin Tyler
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER It can be best seen from the northern hemisphere
And this coming weekend, another cosmic wonder will be lighting up the sky: hundreds of meteors during the annual Perseid meteor shower. The meteors will appear to streak away from and out of the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia.
This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.
In addition, according to The Weather Network, the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen. The best time to view is after midnight each night.
The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.
The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.
The Earth will pass through the debris every year during its orbit. "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".
In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.
The showers are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction from which they come in the sky lies in the same radiant as Perseus. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.
If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12.
Perhaps you might remember an unbelievable meteor show back in the early 1990s?
Once darkness falls on August 12, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes.
Last year's shower was especially active, delivering up to 150 meteors an hour expected at its height, and while this year the shooting stars won't be quite as regular, stargazers can still expect to see around 70 of them an hour.
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