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Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

The planet Mars will keep you company all night long as it low in the south east as the sky darkens.

More information about the Perseid's can be found in the article linked above.

This year we can expect 60 to 70 meteors per hour with up to 100 meteors per hour at times. The peak days will be Saturday night and Sunday night.

While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn. On the evening of Aug.12 to the morning of Aug.13, stargazers will see the best show the meteor shower has to offer.

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

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.

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The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.

The best viewing will be away from city lights and other sources of light pollution.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower. This month, the red planet will be visible at dawn. If you're surrounded by street lights, the meteors you would normally have been able to see "you can't because the sky is so filled with light".

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.