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Annual Perseids Show peaks this weekend

11 August 2018
Annual Perseids Show peaks this weekend

While you can see the glowing pieces from July 14 through August 24, the peak is only over a few nights, from August 11th to the 13th.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower previous year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

Stargazers are hoping for clear skies this weekend so they can see the Perseids in all their glory. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight -- or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up".

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching. That means the meteors' fireballs and tails should look spectacular on a practically moonless night.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by the dust and debris trailing the Swift-Tuttle comet, which orbits the sun approximately every 133 years.

Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there's clear weather.

In Manitoba, the best time to see the meteors is at around 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pahud said, adding any time around midnight will be good for viewing. For city residents, parks can offer relief from light to watch the streaks.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement. That's why some people call them shooting stars, but they have nothing to do with stars. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.