Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of attractive shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show". But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

According to NASA, 60 to 70 meteors will be visible each hour.

The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.

While the earth passes through the comet's debris field every year, Swift-Tuttle itself is not expected to pass the earth again until 2126. Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

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To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky! There is also a parade of planets visible!

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night.

Cooke went on to describe how viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids shower.

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