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Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of august 11-12 and 12-13.

"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid gets underway after midnight", Cooke told Space.com. Every summer the Perseid Meteor Shower happens between July 17 through August 24. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

What special equipment do you need to view the shower?

Cooke said the best way to view a meteor shower is to "take in as much sky as possible". If you take a peek next Friday or Saturday nights, you'll likely still see 80 or more meteors per hour. Lie on your back and look straight up.

The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year. If weather permits, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said it will be observed during its peak in the late evening and early morning hours from August 12 to 13.




Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!"

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Where Does The Perseid Meteor Shower Come From?

Comet Swift-Tuttle causes the Perseids.

These bits of ice and dust burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.