Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
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Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you

Perseid meteor shower coming this weekend to a sky near you

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60-70 meteors per hour. The meteor shower is already happening nightly and has been since July 17.

Make sure to look up this weekend as the Perseid Meteor Shower puts on its annual show in the skies above South Florida.

"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. During outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at some 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular.

The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA. However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeastern portion of the sky.


But don't worry. The Comet Swift-Tuttle isn't going to crash into the Earth any time soon, if at all, NASA says.

Cooke said the best way to view a meteor shower is to "take in as much sky as possible".

Fun Fact: It will actually take your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust, meaning the longer you wait outside, the more meteors you will see!

No special equipment is needed to enjoy this nighttime spectacle, just a dark sky and some patience.

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