Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Stargazers should be able to see around 60-70 meteors per hour during the two peak nights.

"All people have to do is count how many "shooting stars" (meteors is the correct term) they see every 15 minutes and send them to Astronomy Ireland's website www.astronomy.ie that night or the next day".

Cooke says if you plan on watching the show, just relax, look up and enjoy the meteor show. 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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It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and U.S. should be golden. If you're interested in upping your stargazing game, check out our guide to binoculars and telescopes, as well as how to take professional-level photographs of the stars.

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.

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The best time to view the Perseids is around midnight and during the early hours of the morning - up until 5.30am - when light pollution is at its lowest. It's all because of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which zooms close to Earth during its 133-year journey around the sun. In the evening, starting around 10 p.m., you'll see fewer meteors, but those that do appear will be longer-lasting and tend to have longer tails.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

Because it's in a new phase, the moon won't be up and the night sky will be darker, said Bruce Twarog, a University of Kansas professor with the department of physics and astronomy. When it last passed by in 1992, this comet left a trail of stony grit, NASA reported.

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Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. Our advice? Bring a rug, a flask of tea (or, you know, whiskey - pick your poison) and some insect repellent, and get gazing. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

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