How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

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One of the most popular meteor showers of the year is expected to peak this weekend.

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.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year. Be sure to check your local weather forecast. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high. The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, with the peak night for the shooting stars falling on Sunday, August 12th, and into the early hours of Monday.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - ideal weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot.

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Perhaps you might remember an incredible meteor show back in the early 1990s?

Your rooftop may not be the best solution, especially if you're in downtown (you need to get as far away from light pollution as possible). Look to the northeast about 40 degrees off the horizon. The Perseids are best seen after 11 PM, away from city lights, and while looking at the northeastern sky. Along with the showers, there's also a chance stargazers will catch a view of the Milky Way stretching from the south, along with Saturn and Mars. The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear. "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".

"At the end of the day, these are just small dust particles entering the atmosphere and burning up".

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

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