Annual meteor shower to peak Sunday night

Cristina Cross
August 13, 2018

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

Every year the Earth gets close enough to the comet Swift-Tuttle's orbit to draw its debris into our atmosphere, and this year the new moon will leave a dark sky for us to enjoy the meteor shower during the weekend, its peak.

Once evening falls Sunday, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi. 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. Entering the atmosphere at high speed, the friction they create as they pass through causes the air around the meteor to heat up dramatically, resulting in a characteristic brief bright streak of light.

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The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

But no matter if the clouds or smoke clear, "you still need to get away from the light pollution of cities", Meteorologist M.J. McDermott said.

Downloading a star-gazing mobile app can also add to the experience of meteor showers.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

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