How to See the Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2018

A composite image of Perseid meteors in 2015 is shown

A composite image of Perseid meteors in 2015 is shown

The Perseid shower is the most popular meteor shower every year. The Persid Meteor Shower will be at its peak this weekend.

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24. But it moves through the densest debris between August 11 and August 13. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular.

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

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, according to the American Meteor Society.

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The Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts says the mountains, the shore and anywhere you find a dark night sky are optimal spots for viewing. No equipment is necessary. The moon will be at a crescent, which means more darkness to see more meteors.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is back and the 2018 edition could be a banner event as we learn on Looking Up this week.

It can take about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and Cooke said the longer you wait, the more you'll see.

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

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