Here's What You Need to Know About the Perseid Meteor Shower

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"During a good Perseid shower under ideal conditions you can see about one meteor per minute", Cooke said. According to Sky and Telescope magazine, the brightness of the sky overhead at full moon away from an urban center can be the same as an urban center on a moonless night.

This year's Perseid Meteor Shower has fallen victim to a false story or rumor that claimed this year's shower would be "the brightest in human history". The moon will be waning and will still be about 80% of the brightness of the full moon.

Every year the earth's orbit will cross the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

According to interest group Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy co-founder Gary Chee, the best time to observe the showers would be just before the moon rises - when it is not lighting up the sky - and after midnight, when the radiant point is higher.

Visibility should still be very good the following night (12-13) but it is Friday night into Saturday morning at which it will be best.

The Milky Way - if your skies are dark enough and you can get away from light pollution you may be able to make out a faint milky band stretching across the sky. Some years, like 2016, there can be up to 150 to 200 per hour! The Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers each year, occuring when Earth moves through the path of comet Swift-Tuttle from Jul. 17 through August 24, with the actual peak at 1 p.m. August 12. Did you know that each Perseid meteor travels at 132,000 miles per hour?!

"At best, they outburst from a normal rate between 80 and 100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", Bill Cooke, an astronomer at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Ala., said in a blog post. We call them the Perseids because they appear to come out of the constellation Perseus to us here on Earth. It happens every year between the middle of June and the start of September. Once these bits of comet debris hit Earth's atmosphere, the meteors are heated to almost 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

You do not need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky. Unlike many other meteor showers, they also take place in the warmth of summer, and over an extended period of time, allowing people the opportunity to relax and watch them without worrying about hypothermia.

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