Perseid meteor shower: 'TEARS of Biblical saint' to RAIN DOWN this weekend


The Perseid Meteor Shower makes its annual display from July 17th - 24th; however, the shower's peak falls on August 12 - 13th. The meteor shower's peak is expected to occur the night of Sunday, Aug. 12 into the wee hours of Monday morning.

The comet that left the Perseid meteor stream is a piece of dirty ice about 26km in diameter called 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

And if your view is obscured by weather or clouds this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights afterward.

The 2018 Perseid meteor shower, a popular summer star-gazing event, should be more vibrant than other years. The meteors will appear to come from the constellation Perseus with Cassiopeia just above.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

You can help find a dark enough spot near you, using this atlas of artificial sky brightness. It is important to note that the constellation for which a meteor shower is named is not the source of the meteors, it is simply in the same direction.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every summer when the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle intersects Earth's atmosphere. The best time to view this event is after midnight and before sunrise both Saturday and Sunday nights. They aren't very bright, so you have to get out of the city lights to see them.

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.

This year you'll be able to see up to 60-80 meteors per hour - for about one meteor per minute - up from last year's rate of 40-50 (in case anyone is counting).

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour). But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.