Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

4 Spots to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower at its Peak

NASA astronomers have estimated that this year's Perseid meteor shower will generate almost 40 to 50 shooting stars streaking across the night sky each hour during its peak.

Typical raters for the upcoming shower will be about 80 meteors an hour but you could see as many as 150-200 meteors and hour in a heavier burst.

You don't require a telescope or any special instrument as Perseid meteor shower will be visible to naked eye. It is important to ensure that your eyes get adjusted to the darkness for a clearer view of the meteors, by keeping them closed for 15 minutes. Cooke told Space.com, "Instead of 80 to 100, [there will be] 40 to 50 per hour".

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky, and the zenith (the point in the sky directly above you).

The Perseid meteor shower as seen over the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank in 2015. Just face northeast and look halfway up.

One of the biggest meteor showers of the year will be in the night sky this weekend.

The moon will be more than half-full, in a so-called gibbous phase, which means its light will spoil stargazers' view in a similar way to that of urban light pollution.

Visibility should still be very good the following night (12-13) but it is Friday night into Saturday morning at which it will be best.

Made from the debris left by comet Ecke, you can expect to see 10 meteors per hour during the Taurid shower. "To alleviate this problem one could try to view the display before the moon rises, which would be approximately 23:00 local summer time on the evening of the 11th", the IMO said.

Of course our weather has to cooperate as well to have a good show.

So if you happen to be awake in the hours just before sunrise this weekend, head outside and see if you can spot the fiery show.

The Perseids, he explained, "never reach storm levels", which would be thousands of meteors per hour. There are other comet debris trails throughout the year that give us other meteor showers, such as the Leonids in November. A (presumably second-rate) repeat won't roll around for another 96 years, they say.

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