Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky

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While the Perseid meteor shower will be visible on Saturday night, the real show comes on Sunday, with peak shooting star activity happening the night of August 12 to 13.

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower?

Unfortunately, weather conditions may not fully cooperate for seeing the shooting stars here in North Carolina.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

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The Perseids occur every year in mid-August as Earth passes through the debris trail left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

They're bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea. It's all because of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which zooms close to Earth during its 133-year journey around the sun. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

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.

Some years, you only see a few meteors from this event and others you see hundreds. The shower begins to peak on Friday, and the busiest stretch and the best viewing, according to NASA, will be from midnight Sunday through the predawn hours of Monday.

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The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular showers among stargazers, and for good reason. "You'll want to look northeast". They feature very fast, very bright meteors - leaving lovely streaks of light and color behind them as they hurtle through Earth's atmosphere. But your best opportunity to see the most of the show will be away from the constant hum of city lights.

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to spot the Perseids rising in the northeastern sky.

The Perseid Meteor Shower makes its annual display from July 17th - 24th; however, the shower's peak falls on August 12 - 13th. For city residents, parks can offer relief from light to watch the streaks. Friday early night may end up being our best viewing due to weather. "You really have to get out in the country", he said.

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