Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13.

Earth is now passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and the best meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend as a result. NASA calls this meteor shower the best one of the year, so you're definitely not going to want to miss this celestial event. It has a nucleus of about 16 miles wide and last passed by Earth in 1992, however, Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, which is what creates the Perseid meteor shower.

As many as 100 meteors, or shooting stars, can be seen per hour during the shower's peak between Saturday and Monday.

The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, according to Gary Boyle, an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who is known as "The Backyard Astronomer".

EarthSky also says that it is important to know that all meteors come from a single point in the sky.

To see the Perseids, look to the north.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak from 4 p.m. EST on Sunday until 4 a.m. EST on Monday, according to NASA. At this time, you will be able to see the most shooting stars.

To get the best view of the Perseids, find a region in the Northern hemisphere that has lower levels of light pollution.

There's no need for special equipment or astronomical knowledge to enjoy the shower.

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