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Best times for you to view this weekend's Perseid meteor shower

Best times for you to view this weekend's Perseid meteor shower

Best times for you to view this weekend's Perseid meteor shower

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The shower will be best in the Northern Hemisphere and down to the mid-southern latitudes, with a bit of patience, people will most likely be able to spot some of the meteors.

The Perseids can be seen every year when Earth passes through the trail of the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

NASA says the shower officially peaks at 1 p.m. EST on August 12, but your best bet to see a few meteors will be the predawn hours of August 12.

Where should I look to see the meteors? . "Previous year also saw an outburst of just over 200 meteors per hour".

According to interest group Singapore Sidewalk Astronomy co-founder Gary Chee, the best time to observe the showers would be just before the moon rises - when it is not lighting up the sky - and after midnight, when the radiant point is higher.

These meteors get their name from the Orion constellation, and are connected to Halley's Comet. Perseid Meteor Shower is not the only exciting cosmic event in the month of August as there was also a Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and a coming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.

They move at speeds of 17mph, and are nicknamed the Halloween Fireballs.

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The Perseids are leftover debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which takes about 133 years to orbit the Sun.

It is named after the Leo star constellation. But the rate of meteor showers will remain strong after the peak, on Saturday night into Sunday.

NASA says the absolute best time to see the meteor shower will be in the predawn hours on Aug 12 (Saturday).

Residents in Darwin have the best chance of seeing a meteor or two, followed by Cairns and Brisbane.

"We wish this were true", Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said of the rumored record-breaking meteor shower, "but no such thing is going to happen".

But for those who are living in densely populated cities like NY and Los Angeles, there are specific places where residents can get hold of the spectacular meteor show. Once these bits of comet debris hit Earth's atmosphere, the meteors are heated to almost 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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