Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2018

The annual Perseid meteor shower happens when the Earth sweeps through dust that's left behind by a comet swift-tunnel, according to University of Manitoba instructor Danielle Pahud. If you happen to have trouble sleeping on Sunday night (August 12), that's a flawless time to step outside.

The Perseids have presented a scintillating display for 2,000 years, according to NASA.

You won't have to worry about one bonking you on the head - most of the meteors in the Perseid shower are far too small for that.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower past year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month. This month, our skies will be lit up with yet another celestial spectacle: the Perseid meteor shower, the shower NASA calls the 'best of the year'.

While the comet may only come back every 125 years, the actual debris field fills the entire loop of the orbit of the comet, he explained.

The last time Swift-Tuttle passed near Earth was in 1992. However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images.

Because Kansas is flat with a large horizon, the view is especially spectacular.

Twarog warns that the meteors cross the sky fairly quickly. Read on for our guide to the shooting stars of the summer.

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"They are basically rocks", he said.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

Cooke recommends steering clear of bright city lights in order to get the best view.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

Once evening falls Sunday, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

"It's just lovely", Twarog said.

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