What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

This weekend also will be the Perseids Meteor Shower!

You won't be able to see as many meteors when you're in a place with light pollution, which includes most of America. The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year. With the moon in a new phase, the sky will remain exceptionally dark when between 70 and 150 meteors per hour may be seen, depending on one's viewing location.

Wichita is shaping up to be one of the best spots in the region to catch the best celestial show of the summer.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126.

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This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower. NASA recommends heading out to see the show during predawn hours, but meteor streaks may appear as early as 10 pm; see an updated list of activity here.

The peak will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening as Earth drifts through the most dense part of a cloud of cosmic debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes by our planet and the sun once every 133 years. 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.

If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

Head outside after 11 p.m., when the Perseus constellation is higher in the sky.

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