The Perseid Meteor Shower, usually the best meteor shower of the year, will peak late next week and if you are lucky you will be able to see a bright meteor every minute.

The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is coming in just a few weeks and according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor showers actual peak is around 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of Aug. 12, but that there’d be a decent show both nights.

No matter where you live worldwide, the 2017 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. In a dark, moonless sky, this shower often produces 50 or more meteors per hour. But, in 2017, we’ll have to contend with the light of a bright waning gibbous moon, which rises at mid-evening and washes the sky during the peak hours of the shower, between midnight and dawn.

How to Watch Meteor Showers

Check the weather: Meteors, or shooting stars, are easy to spot. All you need is clear skies and a pair of eyes.

Get out of town: Find a place as far away as possible from artificial lights.

Prepare to wait: Bring something to sit or lie down on. Star gazing is a waiting game, so get comfortable.

Source:  Ege Eye

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