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Perseids 2018: Where And How To Watch The Dazzling Meteor Shower

Perseids 2018: Where And How To Watch The Dazzling Meteor Shower

According to NASA, 60 to 70 meteors will be visible each hour.

Although the meteor shower is likely to be most easy to spot from earth on Sunday night, it has been visible since the end of July and will remain so for a further two weeks. Meteor showers happen when Earth passes close to the debris stream of the orbit of a comet. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the ideal backdrop for the late-summer nature show. NASA says the best time to see the shower is between 2 a.m. and dawn local time-but the shower will be visible as early as 9 p.m.

The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. And if you thought the video above looked handsome, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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         BREATHTAKING The Perseid meteor shower visible in the Czech Republic
EPA BREATHTAKING The Perseid meteor shower visible in the Czech Republic

The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every August, and are best viewed in the northern hemisphere in isolated areas where there is little light pollution. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. While visibility will be better in the countryside, the meteor shower will also be observable from towns and cities.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

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

For this year it has been inspired by the singer Enya's "Dark Sky Island " album.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

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