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Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

If you intend to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, be sure to watch between midnight and dawn.

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", Cooke told Space.com.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

The comet that left the Perseid meteor stream is a piece of dirty ice about 26km in diameter called 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

"You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video.

The Perseids produce the highest number of bright fireball meteors.

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The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.

Stargazers are advised to find a suitable location away from urban light pollution.

You will also have a better chance of seeing the dazzling display when it is completely dark.

That is the million-dollar question of course.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever.

In India, the shower will be visible from any place away form light pollution by city lights.