Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend

The Perseids Astronomers prepare for Earth to ‘plow’ into fiery meteor shower

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

According to Cook, the moon will be near a new moon, and will be crescent, setting before the Perseid show, underway after midnight. And even though it doesn't peak until the nights of August 11-12 or 12-13, it is already producing the fireball meteors that the Perseids are famous for.

You may want to stay up late next weekend as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak. According to an article at CBS Denver, you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour. Then, sit back and wait while, looking at the northeastern sky.

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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. Right now it looks like a weak front may brush by Friday night for clouds and a few showers, but for the peak nights (Saturday and Sunday), it looks like skies should be partly cloudy to clear!

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

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24.

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Most of the Perseid meteors that we observe now were ejected from Swift-Tuttle about 1,000 years ago. 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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