Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?

Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?

First, the meteor shower will peak on the weekend, which is nice.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak during the overnight hours between August 11 and August 12, according to Forbes.

One of the best and most visible meteor showers of the year will fall on August 12...

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A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus.

This year during peak, people should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150 and 200 meteors an hour.

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According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL), the summer Perseids has already been blessing the skies since July 17 and will continue until August 24.

The shower will be especially dramatic in areas with low light pollution and after midnight, though there is a good chance of seeing shooting stars from 9.30pm onwards. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is back and the 2018 edition could be a banner event as we learn on Looking Up this week.

They are called the Perseids, because they seem to come from, or radiate from, the constellation Perseus, in the northern sky. NASA said that's because Earth takes more than three weeks to sift through the dust left from the comet "Swift-Tuttle".

Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris.

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