A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

Perseid meteor shower 2018

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

Perseids meteor shower 2018: When is it?

"This year's shower peak, however, has the added bonus of dark skies courtesy of an early-setting crescent Moon".

"There won't be much cloud cover", Walters said.

That means the weekend should be favorable for stargazing.

Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through debris from comets and asteroids.

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.

If you're unable to see the Perseids this year in person, you can always watch them online.

After, all they come every year. The days around the peak, especially August 11 and 13, also tend to have good viewing.

The comet whose tail creates the Perseus shower is called 109P/Swift-Tuttle, and is named after the USA astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, who discovered it in 1862. However, they can be seen clearest after sunset.

How fiery and bright the show might be depends on how the dust and particles are distributed along the orbit.

Swift-Tuttle measures a massive 16 miles, and last passed by Earth in 1992.

NASA's photo of the lonely Perseid meteor was snapped in the early pre-dawn hours Universal Time when viewing conditions are prime.

Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies.

In full flow, the spectacular display could produce up to 70 "shooting stars" an hour.

-The best time to see the Perseids is after 2 a.m. local time, when the Perseus constellation is high in the sky, Space.com reported. The annual Perseid meteor shower will be peaking this Saturday and Sunday night.

Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights.

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