Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower

The peak of this meteor shower will occur during the night of August 12 to 13. This is due to the new moon, which means that it will be extra dark on the night of the peak.

The Perseid Meteor Shower should be spectacular this weekend for SW Montana with warm temperatures there is no excuse not to spend a little time staring up at the night sky to wish upon a passing meteor burning up in our atmosphere.

To see the Perseids, look to the north. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views.

Most likely you'll see lower rates.but still worth a few hours of sky watching. At this time, you will be able to see the most shooting stars. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

There's no need for special equipment or astronomical knowledge to enjoy the shower. Just make sure you have a clear view of a large swathe of the sky and be patient. The meteor shower can be seen until August 24, according to NASA.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement.

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For the best viewing, get yourself to a dark area.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

A meteor is a rock or debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere.

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