How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

Perseids 2018 NASA

Perseids 2018 NASA

The Perseids meteor shower is basically a mass of shooting stars, which light up the skies for avid stargazers below each year. The smoke is expected to clear, slightly, by Saturday. As of this writing it appears as though there may be some clouds and perhaps even some rain showers over parts of southeast MA on Saturday and early Sunday.

"It will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and U.S. should be golden.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards.

If you happen to be in a light-pollution-free area with nice weather, you'll probably be able to see about 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the moonless sky, according to NASA estimates.

But don't just peak up quickly and then go home.

Perseids 2018 NASA
Perseids 2018 This composite image shows dozens of meteors at once

Plus, it's good to give your eyes time to adjust; your peepers can take around 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.

You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening. Telling which is which shouldn't be an issue.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.

METEORS come from the small particles, around the size of a grain of sand, left behind by comets (and some asteroids) as they orbit the sun.

While stars and star clusters are Twarog's specialty, he said he appreciates how the meteor showers light up the summer sky and anyone can appreciate the celestial wonder. When one makes it all the way down to the ground without burning up, they become known as "meteorites".

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