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Perseid Meteor Shower: All you need to know

13 August 2017, 06:41 | Anita Wise

Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Will Fill The Skies This Weekend

Annual meteor shower to peak this weekend

Specialists say, the bright light of nearly full Moon would make visible only 40-50 meteors out of 80-100.

The annual Perseids meteor shower will light up Malaysia's night skies at about 1.30am tomorrow.

Get up close and personal with the Perseid meteors from The International Space Station's seat.

The watch party is scheduled to last until 11 p.m. Parking at the state park will cost $5.

Saturday the 12 might be better for observation, Sky and Telescope said, since the moon will rise a little later and be a tad dimmer.

Just imagine, 24 hours of daylight on August 12, which will also see a remarkable celestial event of Perseid Meteor Shower 2017.

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NBC4 Meteorologist Matt Ritter said the best time to view the meteor shower in our area will be Sunday night, since the sky across the region should be clear.

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. "At best, they outburst from a normal rate of 80 to 100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", not all of which can be seen. The forecast in the Kawarthas is mainly cloudy both for tonight and Saturday night.

It is named after the Perseus constellation, as that is where the shooting stars appear to come from.

The Perseids meteor shower takes place in mid-August.

"After midnight, the part of the earth that we're on is going face-first into the meteors, so that's when we can see more of them", said Young, who manages the planetarium and science gallery at the Manitoba Museum. With a chance of scattered thunderstorms on Friday night, it looks like Saturday night (partly cloudy) will provide the best chance to see some of the meteors streaking across the sky.

Stargazers hoping to watch the event should find an area away from light pollution and get settled in a comfortable position, allowing about half an hour for their eyes to acclimatize to the dark. But it could be a good warm-up to the total solar eclipse on august 21, which could cover a roughly 70-mile-wide corridor from OR to SC.



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