Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower

13 August, 2018, 19:11 | Author: Chad Warren
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While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

"It peaks Monday but you still have a few more days to look in all directions", according to CBS 2 meteorologist Robb Ellis.

Accuweather recommends viewers "Lay on your back and watch the whole sky, not just the radiant point, and avoid looking at your phone and other light sources", when viewing the meteor shower. Often considered one of the most prolific, attractive meteor showers of the year, viewers may get a chance to see 50 to 60 meteors an hour, with the possibility of seeing hundreds during a single hour.

This year was set to be an incredible display, as the new moon left the sky darker than usual. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

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In many ways, Perseids is the most impressive meteor shower for the naked eyes. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

A clear sky could make way for an incredible natural show of streaking fireball meteors and so far, (as of Friday afternoon) the forecast is looking ideal! No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

The Perseid meteor shower is already underway.


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