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Perseid meteor shower

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour

The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

This weekend's show is expected to be particularly spectacular. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

Time: Watch the spectacle between midnight and dawn on the morning of August 12. and between midnight and dawn on the morning of August 13.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

Viewing here in West Michigan appears to be fair to good as of this writing. Three years later, an Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaperelli identified the comet as the origin of the Perseid meteor shower. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening. If you're south of Brisbane don't worry, you can still view the event on a clear night, try head away from the city lights into a darker area.

"The dunes at Mleiha, especially around Al Faya Mountain and The Fossil Rock, offer a secluded experience for visitors and sky watchers who look forward to create great memories out of this opportunity". If stargazers miss the show on Saturday, they also can look for it again beginning at about 11 p.m. on Sunday night.

-The best time to see the Perseids is after 2 a.m. local time, when the Perseus constellation is high in the sky, Space.com reported.

One of the best sky shows of the year is coming this weekend.

-The meteor shower is more visible from the Northern Hemisphere and some mid-southern latitudes, so people in the United States will have a prime view.

Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, NASA said.

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