Perseid meteor shower: 'TEARS of Biblical saint' to RAIN DOWN this weekend

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Perseid meteor shower: 'TEARS of Biblical saint' to RAIN DOWN this weekend

Saturday and Sunday night, August 11th and 12th, mark the peak of the meteor shower that is already going on. That's when the peak will start to build as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years. Stargazers can expect to see 150-200 meteors an hour, complete with streaks and fireballs.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor? The radiant point of the shower, which is the spot where the meteors tend to originate, is in the constellation Perseus. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

For skywatchers in the northern hemisphere, experts recommend watching for the meteor shower after 10 pm local time, but it will be at its best during the early hours of dawn.

Viewing here in West Michigan appears to be fair to good as of this writing. However, it's important to set an alarm clock, because the meteor shower occurs while most people are sleeping. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower?

This weekend will be the best time to view the event with its maximum peak on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Depending on when you decide to watch, you'll have a chance to see something different.

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

Because it's in a new phase, the moon won't be up and the night sky will be darker, said Bruce Twarog, a University of Kansas professor with the department of physics and astronomy.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower. Annual meteor showers are created when Earth's orbit around the sun intersects with the wake of a comet's orbit, and debris thrown off from the tail hits our atmosphere and burns up upon entry.

Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and USA should be golden.

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