Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display.

Stargazers could be treated to awesome views across Britain on Saturday night with Perseid meteors set to light up the night sky.

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is probably best seen in North America from the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes region where skies should be clear.

Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view. This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get.

According to Space.com, during peak hours people should see about 60-70 meteors per hour.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.

First off, the Perseids are an annual meteor shower caused by dust, left over from the 109P/Swift-Tuttle comet, streaking through the atmosphere. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient.

Perseid meteor travel at 132,000 mph, or over 36 miles per second. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed! Gather a group of friends and sit in different directions, so it will be easier for you to find the radiant, i.e. the spot in the sky where all the meteors radiate from.

Head outside after 11 p.m., when the Perseus constellation is higher in the sky.

Vanessa Coleman

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