Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights

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Make sure you have a dark area to view.

-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting. During the Sunday night peak, Steve said up to 60 meteors an hour (an average of one per minute) could be visible. Both nights this weekend will be great to view the meteor shower and the best viewing will be after midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch.

This year, the peak of the shower should be out of this world. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour.

While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness.

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The photographs show the meteors leaving a stream of bright lights in their wake as they break through the atmosphere. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible. This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower.

On a normal year the planet usually just grazes the actual debris trail of Swift-Tuttle, causing a few meteors to be visible per hour.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

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