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Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12

Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12

Monster-slayer and mythical Greek hero Perseus lends his name to one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year, which peaks Friday night.

Most sky watchers are already looking forward to the upcoming Perseid meteor shower display, which is expected to peak on August 12, especially since reports of it being "the brightest shower in recorded human history" have surfaced, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration begs to disagree.

Speaking on the topic, McKeegan added, "You'll want to find a place where you can sit down, relax and stare at the sky with your naked eye".

The peak time for the shower is expected on Friday and Saturday night, according to Space.com. The comet orbits the sun in a large cigar-shaped motion, with Earth passing through the comet rubble every year in mid-August.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, said Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society.

You do not need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky. "The best Perseid performance of which we are aware occurred back in 1993, when the peak Perseid rate topped 300 meteors per hour".

This is because the waning moon will still be at around 80 percent of its full brightness so it will hinder our view of the celestial display.

To make the most of the night, viewers are advised to go to a dark area as far away as possible from urban centres.

The best time of night to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am until dawn breaks. Cloud forecasts show partly to mostly cloudy skies each evening. At best they can burst and drop up to a few hundred in an hour.

Good weather and clear skies will increase your chances of catching a good glimpse.

"We hit that meteor debris trail every year about the same time", Stunder said.

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 centre's president, Sheikh Salman bin Jabor al-Thani, said the meteors can be seen until the early hours of Sunday.

The three-hour event will begin just after noon CDT, with the eclipse at its apex at 1:38 p.m., when the sun will be blocked by a slightly offset moon, leaving only a small crescent visible.

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