Perseid meteor shower to offer a spectacular show this weekend

08 Août, 2018, 04:08 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Perseid meteor shower to offer a spectacular show this weekend

Call your friends. It's time once again for the annual Perseid meteor shower, typically the greatest shower of the year.

As many as 100 meteors, or shooting stars, can be seen per hour during the shower's peak between Saturday and Monday. In the Puget Sound region, the National Weather Service forecasts clear skies Thursday and Sunday, likely making those two days the best for viewing. Go to the suburbs or the countryside away from the city lights.

To view the meteor shower, experts recommend going to a dark area where you can see as much as the sky as possible and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark - which can take about 20-30 minutes, according to EarthSky. The comet debris heats up as it enters the atmosphere and burns up as it streaks across the sky at 37 miles per second!

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If a meteor makes it all the way to Earth without burning completely up, it graduates from a meteor to a meteorite, however, most of the meteors in the Perseids are about the size of a grain of sand and are much too small to make it to Earth.

Know that the meteors all come from a single point in the sky.

"If you trace the paths of the Perseid meteors backwards, you'd find they all come from a point in front of the constellation Perseus", the website writes.

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