Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

"During the peak nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, more than 100 meteors (shooting stars) can be seen per hour", Ottawa astronomer Gary Boyle told this newspaper last week.

And if your view is obscured by weather or clouds this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights afterward. "If it's clear, we should be able to see quite a few". "Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning". Often considered one of the most prolific, handsome meteor showers of the year, viewers may get a chance to see 50 to 60 meteors an hour, with the possibility of seeing hundreds during a single hour.

The Perseids are produced when the earth moves through the debris left behind by the Comet Swift Tuttle between July 17 to August 24.

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The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. From 11PM-1AM you can enjoy the surroundings of nature at the Wye Marsh and look to the sky.

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The shower is expected to be visible from across the country, but Space.com recommends viewers find the darkest place they can find to view the shower, to avoid light pollution from ruining the spectacle.

This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page.

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