Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?


This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display.

Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 - including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend - as well as where and how to see them.

If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead.

"Sky gazers just need to look to the northeast to observe the Perseid showers", Dr Marzouk suggested.

The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society.

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A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show. The Slooh.com webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower. They will appear to be coming from the constellation Perseus. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.

During this period, a small number of meteors will streak across the starry skies.

This year we can expect 60 to 70 meteors per hour with up to 100 meteors per hour at times. Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western US may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors. "Even if the sky is dark enough, if you are exposed to any bright light nearby, your eyes will not be dark-adapted", said Bellavia.

Where is the best place to view them?