Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

13 August, 2018, 14:11 | Author: Carmen Reese
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Although the meteor shower is likely to be most easy to spot from earth on Sunday night, it has been visible since the end of July and will remain so for a further two weeks. Boer said some folks near the Maple Fire in the Olympic National Forest or in the Cascades might still be dealing with smoke and haze and that could reduce visibility.

This year's Perseid meteor shower promises to be one of the best for stargazers as a new Moon bringing darker skies.

Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night.

He added that the forecast is for mostly clear skies and the best viewing will be away from city lights and other "light pollution". In response, astronomy association Avex has created a map displaying the "best" places from which to watch.

"All of these meteor showers are the Earth passing through the debris left behind by a comet earlier", said Roy Gal, associate astronomer with the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend and viewing conditions should be spectacular in mid-Missouri.

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

The Perseid shower is also known for fireballs-especially bright meteors-that leave long wakes of light and color in the sky as they sail through the Earth's atmosphere.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

Perseids are observable throughout the northern hemisphere in summer, when sky is clear from clouds. You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead.

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