Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

If you happen to miss Sunday night's peak display, the Perseids will still be visible - albeit at post-peak performance with fewer meteors per hour - through August 24th.

The meteor shower's peak will be visible both the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, Cooke said, but he's inclined this year to lean toward the night of Aug. 12-13 for the better show.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability.

According to the USA space agency, the Perseids are well known for their speed and brightness.

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"For these meteor showers, we're passing through a bit of debris that's in the earth's orbit, and we're kind of picking it up like bugs on a windshield", Schmoll explained. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years. Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells CBS News that this year, spectators will be in store for a better watching experience due to diminished moonlight -- or in his words: "We won't have any moon messing it up".

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

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High pressure over the Upper Mississippi River Valley will aid in clear, overnight skies and comfortable low temperatures for mid-Missouri in the middle 60s. When it last passed by in 1992, this comet left a trail of stony grit, NASA reported.

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Jay Bjerke, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club, said the best location to view the meteor shower will be away from city lights. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn should offer good views in the sky as well, according to Bjerke.

This annual meteor shower comes as the earth moves through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere.

The Perseid meteor shower is here! However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images.

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