One of 2018's best astronomical events, it is expected to dazzle the night sky on Saturday and Sunday night, with as many as 100 shooting stars an hour at its peak. Boer said some folks near the Maple Fire in the Olympic National Forest or in the Cascades might still be dealing with smoke and haze and that could reduce visibility.
Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show".
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The meteors are best seen after midnight and from a dark place outside the city. Perseid peaks on a Moonless summer night from 4 p.m. EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday). Scientists think that the Perseid meteors we see nowadays are produced by comet Swift-Tuttle about 25,000 years ago. "If it's clear, we should be able to see quite a few".
The meteor shower gets its name because they seem to shoot out of the Perseus constellation.
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A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom tonight - though cloud is forecast in Cumbria. As Earth moves through this cloud, the particles fall into our atmosphere and burn up, creating spectacular streaks of light in the sky, known as meteors or shooting stars. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page.
If one can pick a spot with lesser light pollution and look up when it is least cloudy, you are in for a celestial treat!
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