How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower-Online or In Person

Comet Perseid Meteor Shower

Comet Perseid Meteor Shower

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night. Often considered one of the most prolific, attractive meteor showers of the year, viewers may get a chance to see 50 to 60 meteors an hour, with the possibility of seeing hundreds during a single hour. This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the US can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

"If you can get away from the city to a dark sky, you could see as many as one a minute, that would be sort of the higher level", says Brar. "The meteorites from the comet's trail appear to come from the constellation Perseus, which lends the shower its name", Space.com reports.

"The origin of the Perseid meteor shower is explained by tiny particles originating from a comet called Swift-Tuttle".

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and, as usual in the Northwest, it will be a challenge.

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It's always best to look for meteors between midnight and dawn, but there have already been sightings after sunset but before midnight.

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. "It is really cool when you think about this as you see the these meteors falling from the sky", remarks Dr Quanzhi Ye, a planetary scientist based at California Institute of Technology, USA.

Stargazers who want to see the show without risking mosquito bites can also watch the meteor shower on a live stream here.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

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