Where/When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend

An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image

An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image

Stargazers can expect to see between 60 and 300 meteors every hour from tonight as one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar lights up the sky. This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get.

Look for the meteors originating out of the north, though they can appear from anywhere.

You'll want to ensure you're under a dark enough sky to see as many stars as possible.

The Perseid meteors are smaller pieces, or debris, of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which was named after the astronomers who discovered it.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

The shower occurs every year between July 17 and August 24, and tends to peak around August 9 to 13.

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But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks.

"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower.

The best time to view the Perseids would be after midnight each night, as that is when the greatest number of meteors will be visible. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.

Where is the best place to view them?

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