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Perseid meteor shower to offer a spectacular show this weekend

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend Here's when Perseid meteor shower is likely to put on a show over Seattle
Sandy Nunez | 09 August, 2018, 22:40

Pipestone National Monument will host a viewing of the spectacular Perseid meteor shower on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 9-11 p.m.

To view the meteor shower, experts recommend going to a dark area where you can see as much as the sky as possible and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark - which can take about 20-30 minutes, according to EarthSky. The only concern for viewing is wildfire smoke is likely to stay parked over Montana through next week.

The meteor shower is a result of debris falling from the tail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle bursting into Earth's atmosphere.

Meteor showers occur when Earth passes into the dust left behind by a comet.

This week, the possibility of seeing shooting stars increases significantly, as we run up to the zenith of the annual Perseids meteor shower. The best thing to do is go to a dark area, like the suburbs or a more rural area.

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Unfortunately the earth will pass through the thickest part of the dust field during the day on Friday and will not be visible but at night there will be enough debris to see the light show.

The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, and their frequency and visibility mean even those with no experience of stargazing have the chance to see them with the naked eye. At this time, you will be able to see the most shooting stars. As a bonus, Mars and Saturn should also be easily viewable.

Meteors, also known as "shooting stars", are the streaks of light produced in the night sky when a meteoroid burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

What Do I Need to See the Perseid Meteor Shower?

It's a good year to watch the Perseids, according to Mel Blake, associate professor for physics and astronomy, and director of the University of North Alabama Planetarium.