Above the Smoke - Perseid Meteor Shower is This Weekend

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Roughly 40 to 50 meteors per hour will be visible, reports space.com, which is less than the 90 per hour visible on very dark nights. Meteors may be seen already now, but the peak is due about 20:00 Moscow time on Saturday.

The moon, which will be three-quarters full at the time of the peak, will rise around 11 p.m. The Norwich Astronomical Society suggest visiting areas such as Mousehold Heath or the North Norfolk Coast for the best views.

Just imagine, 24 hours of daylight on August 12, which will also see a remarkable celestial event of Perseid Meteor Shower 2017. But in the meantime, as Earth passes yearly through the dust and debris it has left behind, this creates the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Bill Cooke, a meteor expert with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower each year, with rates of about 80 meteors an hour.

"The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor".

Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across the country.

NASA says you'll likely see a meteor shower every couple of minutes at peak in the Northern Hemisphere.

The best way to catch the meteor shower is to get to a location that has a clear view of the entire night sky. When the shower is at its height and most visible from Earth, it appears to originate from the constellation of Perseus, a hero in Greek mythology for killing Medusa. So will getting away from any light pollution from a city or town nearby.

According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), catching the shower early on is an easy fix.

I should point out that meteor showers aren't just events that happen over a one-night period. But it could be a good warm-up to the total solar eclipse on august 21, which could cover a roughly 70-mile-wide corridor from OR to SC. "Past year also saw an outburst of just over 200 meteors per hour".

That means you will see the greatest number of meteors in the shortest amount of time tonight and Saturday night.

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