The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

The Perseid Meteor Shower Puts on a Show This Weekend

The peak of the Perseid meteor show happens Sunday, Aug. 12, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

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.

For 2018 however, Sark is considered as the best place to see the shower with it's lack of light pollution. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

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The Perseid shower occurs when the Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

People looking up at the night sky in Central America, Asia, Africa and parts of South America were able to see the display, that is also known as the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence". So every shooting star you see is a tiny messenger from that giant comet Swift-Tuttle long before we invented the alphabet.

Our atmosphere then burns up the ice and dust in the debris creating a meteor shower.

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

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

Officials says the shower will be peaking from 11 p.m. Sunday evening to early Monday morning. Skies should be clearing and by the time we hit that peak viewing time after 1 AM it should be partly cloudy to clear. However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky.

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