Perseids meteor shower 2018

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower or'shooting stars

The peak and most optimum time to see the show will be early on Monday morning.

This year's Perseid meteor shower promises to be one of the best for stargazers as a new Moon bringing darker skies.

Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour. And if you thought the video above looked handsome, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

They arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

Keep your fingers crossed that another good night to view the Perseid meteor shower is still in the stars.

The United States, Europe, and Canada will be able to see the Perseids at their best, with similarly stellar views in Mexico and Central America, Asia, much of Africa, and parts of South America.

As you can see from the video, green lights shoot across a star-filled sky in a truly awe-inspiring display.

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The meteor shower gained its name from the Perseus constellation - which is the area in space the meteors fly away from.

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

Here are some facts about the Perseid meteor shower.

Perseids are observable throughout the northern hemisphere in summer, when sky is clear from clouds.

If one can pick a spot with lesser light pollution and look up when it is least cloudy, you are in for a celestial treat!

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