How to watch the 2018 Perseid meter shower

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The Perseids, one of the best meteor showers of the year, will peak this weekend, and depending where you are the viewing conditions could be great. The Perseids happen every year, but this year's crescent moon will make the sky darker, allowing the meteors to shine. However, observers in the mid-Southern Hemisphere will still have a chance of seeing some shooting stars if they look toward the northeast horizon.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. Astronomy Magazine recommends getting up early to try viewing the shower in the last dark hour before dawn, but it's worth looking up at any hour after dusk.

Dr. Auld says you actually don't have to look a certain direction in the sky.

They're bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea. The Perseids get their name from the constellation Perseus where numerous meteors appear from.


The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, as the flashes appear to originate from the constellation. During this time, you'll see an incredible number of meteors.

According to Dr Morgan Hollis of the Royal Astronomical Society, the shower will peak on the night between Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

The weekend weather forecast for Bulgaria has more sunny weather and little cloud cover, which should offer starwatchers a clear view of the Perseid meteor shower peak on August 11-12.


The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet.

The best place to view the meteor shower is away from city lights and areas of light pollution; not an easy task if you live in an urban environment. Perseids are our favorites, as it produces about 100 meteors per hour, a phenomenon called high zenithal hourly rate (ZHR).

Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies. While numerous storms will be coming to an end by night, leftover clouds could obstruct the best views at times.


But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

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