How to see Perseids meteor shower and where to get best view

Perseid meteor shower 2018

Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show".

Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through the trail of dusty debris left behind by comets - in this case Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. The Perseid meteor shower peak happens from August 11-13 with the night of August 12-13 expected to be the best time to watch, according to Faherty. Attendees will be explained in detail about perseids which start appearing from mid-July and peak in mid-August.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Okay, so maybe seeing a meteor shower isn't so easy after all.

In Manitoba, the best time to see the meteors is at around 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pahud said, adding any time around midnight will be good for viewing. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower?

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

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The comet whose tail creates the Perseus shower is called 109P/Swift-Tuttle, and is named after the US astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, who discovered it in 1862.

Cool, huh? Hold that thought, because you'll likely be way more impressed when you actually see the shower. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement. And some are from other weaker showers also active right now, including the Alpha Capricornids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Kappa Cygnids.

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them.

Why is it considered the best of the year?

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower.

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