How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER The dazzling display can be seen mid-August

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.

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

This makes the summertime display one of only three annual showers that produce this many.

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"The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year".

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

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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There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurs each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views. Find a comfortable spot with as a wide a view of the night sky as possible, preferably away from light pollution, and just relax, lie back and look up.

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Being in the northern hemisphere, the United Kingdom is in a prime spot to witness the lunar show.

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