Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a"shooting star" streaking across the sky every few minutes

An out-of-this-world show in the Kansas sky is at its most visible this weekend.

Locally, Natural Bridge is offering an opportunity to watch the meteor shower between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

The Perseid meteor shower can be seen with the naked eye from places without light and environment pollution (clear sky), and darker places, from midnight to dawn.

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-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting.

One of the year's most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

Experts say the best views will be to the east, and observers should try to avoid built-up areas.

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Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time. Good luck out there, and if you get any good shots of the meteors, feel free to post them in the comments! The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower. From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other. "Under ideal conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour".

On a normal year the planet usually just grazes the actual debris trail of Swift-Tuttle, causing a few meteors to be visible per hour.

You'll need to let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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Thankfully for United Kingdom watchers, this particular meteor shower favours the northern hemisphere - so we're in a prime spot to witness it. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

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