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10 August 2018, 03:23 | Dale Webster
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour
As he was executed on August 10, many Catholics associate the Perseid meteor shower with St Lawrence, and dub the shooting stars as the "tears of St Lawrence" as they occur at the same time each year. It is time to prepare for the Perseid meteor shower.
Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.
The Perseids meteor shower will peak this weekend between the night of Saturday, August 11, and the morning of Monday, August 13.
The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.
"Comets are spectacular and lovely and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".
The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking. Stargazers can expect to see 150-200 meteors an hour, complete with streaks and fireballs. Your meteor rates will be lower, but it's possible to see at least a few of the brightest meteors over the course of a few hours.
The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help. The Perseids are best seen after 11 PM, away from city lights, and while looking at the northeastern sky.
-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view.
Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field. Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly.
How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend
As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars. They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.
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