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Massive meteor shower should reach its peak August 12-13

Massive meteor shower should reach its peak August 12-13

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower? Be sure to check your local weather forecast.

Twarog describes the Perseid meteor shower as "spectacular", however he doesn't get too excited about the event.

One of the best meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend, and with any luck, you should be able to catch at least a few of the shooting stars for yourself.

The bright streak of light in the photo was snapped when the meteor sped at speeds of 132,000 miles an hour.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

You can still see meteors before and after the Perseid showers peak, and you dont need special equipment.

This meteor shower and others can be seen in a time lapse from space in an interactive map provided with data from NASA Ames Researcher Peter Jenniskens. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".




You can watch the livestream below.

Perseids radiate from and are named after an upside down "V" shaped constellation called Perseus.

The annual Perseids meteor shower is the glittery result of Earth's passage through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, so you should expect to see meteor rates as high as 200 per hour - as long as you are away from light pollution and the clouds stay away.

"At the end of the day, these are just small dust particles entering the atmosphere and burning up".

"The dunes at Mleiha, especially around Al Faya Mountain and The Fossil Rock, offer a secluded experience for visitors and sky watchers who look forward to create great memories out of this opportunity".

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars. 8-10 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. An enjoyable number of meteors will be visible - and you can sleep late the next morning.