Get ready for a ideal Perseid meteor show

AWESOME METEOR SHOWER COMING TO A SKY NEAR YOU THIS WEEKEND

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

The meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of August 11 and 12, and the show will get underway around midnight local time. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".

By Monday morning, that boundary should have cleared and it looks like viewing conditions will be good for just about all of New England.

You can still see meteors before and after the Perseid showers peak, and you dont need special equipment.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.

When is the best time to see them?

The dust and debris are traveling quickly, at around 37 miles per second.

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA.

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If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.

In August 2016, the shower produced about 150 meteors an hour and in 2009, the estimated peak was about 173 but some of the fainter meteors could have been washed out by Moonlight.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", J. Kelly Beatty, senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. But try one of the local parks.

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average.

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. The meteors will appear to streak away from and out of the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia.

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