Perseid Meteor Shower: How to see it this weekend

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"Instead if your just zoned in on one area you're going to miss everything that's going on over here".

The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus which will be in the northeast sky. It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour!

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

According to NASA, just because this weekend is the peak of the meteor shower doesn't mean they can't be seen afterward. National Weather Service projections from the office in Louisville show tonight will be partly cloudy and less than ideal, but Saturday and Sunday night will be mostly clear.

"Although the peak is August 12 and 13, the subsequent two nights will offer good viewing as well", he said. This year is an excellent one for the Perseids, because they will reach their maximum on a new moon weekend; without any bright moonlight, skywatchers will be able to see many fainter streaks. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society.

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The photographs show the meteors leaving a stream of bright lights in their wake as they break through the atmosphere.

-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness.

Get out of the city, away from street lights.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

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