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Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

They'll be most visible in the hours leading up to dawn - usually between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. local time, according to the American Meteor Society.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

Cooke says if you plan on watching the show, just relax, look up and enjoy the meteor show.

"Meteor showers like the Perseids are caused by streams of meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere", NASA said on Tumblr.

The Perseid meteor shower is back, space enthusiasts.

A new moon on August 11 means there's a good chance to see the annual Perseid meteor shower as we head into the weekend, according to astronomers. The comet has an orbital period of about 130 years, and the meteors are small particles, some as small as a grain of sand, entering the Earth's upper atmosphere at around 130,000mph. "You'll want to look north east".

How can I see them?




Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights. During a meteor shower, that number can jump to dozens and sometimes hundreds of meteors per hour. "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory.

The show might not be quite as grand on August 11 and Aug.13, but it will still be a treat.

It's easy to get cold if you're waiting around.

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year.

With the rate of 60-70 per hour, you can expect to see about one meteor per minute - so the longer you stay out, the more you will see.

How easy will it be to see?