Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Last year's shower was especially active, delivering up to 150 meteors an hour expected at its height, and while this year the shooting stars won't be quite as regular, stargazers can still expect to see around 70 of them an hour.

Just bear in mind you will not see as many shooting stars this early as you would during the peak.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views. This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

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Meanwhile, the best place to view the Perseids meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, so viewers in the United Kingdom and U.S. should be golden.

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be? Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. That's when the peak will start to build 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. The longer you're outside in the dark, the better your vision of the meteors will be.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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High pressure over the Upper Mississippi River Valley will aid in clear, overnight skies and comfortable low temperatures for mid-Missouri in the middle 60s.

Each time Swift-Tuttle passes through the warmth of the inner solar system, its frozen, 16-mile-wide nucleus releases debris along the comet's path - through which the Earth passes each summer.

Cooke said the first shooting stars will appear around 10:30 p.m. local time on august 12 and will come with increasing frequency as the night progresses.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. "When the sun is close to the comet and the Earth is passing through the orbit you get a much bigger result", Twarog said.

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