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Perseid meteor shower to light up the skies tonight into Sunday

Perseid meteor shower to light up the skies tonight into Sunday

The Perseid meteor shower hits its peak this weekend in North America, with the best views available Friday and Saturday nights, but the bright moon, which turned full on Monday, is obscuring numerous fainter Perseids from view.

According to Space.com, "Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016), the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said.

The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked at dawn Saturday morning, but with better atmospheric conditions, the best chance for us to see the show is tonight.

Perseids are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle and often create the most fantastic meteor shower of the year. But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids.

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Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are the best places to watch the shower because of the low rate of light pollution and clear sky-view without any urban light pollution.

The real cosmic show will be the total solar eclipse - the first to cross the USA coast to coast in 99 years. "Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly".

Cooke says the Perseids will be the "warm-up act" for the eclipse.


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