Weekend brings best time to view Perseids meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA, said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

The best viewing conditions this weekend will likely be over the northern and central Great Plains as well as parts of the Midwest, where skies are expected to be generally clear.

This year forecasters say we could see anywhere from 60-70 meteors per hour but during outburst years (like 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors per hour. That's more than a meteor per minute.

But unlike in 2017, when a three-quarters full moon washed out some of the fainter fireballs, a new moon is on the calendar this year. Lie on your back and look straight up. Meteors should be viewable in nearly any direction. NASA will have live feeds that you can find here.

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower. Most of the weekend should stay dry through with highs topping out in the mid- to upper-80s both days though cooling along Lake Michigan.

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The annual meteor shower will peak August 12-14, and should be visible each night. This is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The barrelling Haley-type comet completes a trip around the Sun every 133 years, leaving bits and pieces of space rock in its orbit.

-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting. However, sometimes the planet Jupiter affects what can be seen on Earth. Our earth is passing through the debris, also known as a "river of rubble", at this time. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower?

Are meteors related to meteorology?

Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western USA may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors. At that speed, someone traveling from Flint to Detroit would arrive in 1.5 seconds. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

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