How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER The dazzling display can be seen mid-August

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.

This year, the Perseid meteor shower will be particularly spectacular because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early leaving a dark canvas for the meteors' bright streaks. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will be peaking this Saturday and Sunday night.

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

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks.

Perhaps you might remember an unbelievable meteor show back in the early 1990s? Just make sure you have a clear view of a large swathe of the sky and be patient. That's when the peak will start to build as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady. "The Perseids will put on a great show". It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.

The fall of the meteors will be at a rate of 80 meteors per hour and a 60 km/second speed.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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