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This comet has been orbiting for thousands of years, making the Perseids the most reliable meteor shower year-after-year. These meteors entering the earth's atmosphere are typically only the size of a grain of sand and rarely reach the ground.

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak. The best time to be outside to catch the peak is between midnight and dawn.

Dr. Auld says you actually don't have to look a certain direction in the sky.

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

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze. Their name derives from the fact that they appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus.

According to Dr Morgan Hollis of the Royal Astronomical Society, the shower will peak on the night between Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13.

If you're one of those privileged few who don't live their lives surrounded by constant smog and smoke, the Perseid meteor shower is a lovely event that you won't want to miss. "You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead", explained Jones. They feature very fast, very bright meteors - leaving handsome streaks of light and color behind them as they hurtle through Earth's atmosphere.

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This year's show is expected to be especially stunning, in part, because the moon will be a thin crescent and will set early, leaving a dark night sky for stargazing, reported Space.com, a Live Science sister site.

Perseids meteor shower 2018: When is it?

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to spot the Perseids rising in the northeastern sky. During a meteor shower, that number can jump to dozens and sometimes hundreds of meteors per hour.

Watching meteors is a fun way to introduce friends and family to the enjoyment of the heavens.

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards.


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