Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia.

"The moon normally casts a lot of light and ... can end up washing out and making it impossible to see those meteors but we'll have a nice dark sky because the moon will be absent from the sky and even if it's just below the horizon there's only a sliver of it that's going to be sending light our way". Both nights this weekend will be great to view the meteor shower and the best viewing will be after midnight Saturday and Sunday.

- The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is this weekend and it's expected to be the best of the year. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead.

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement. If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

StormCenter 2 Severe Weather Specialist Brad Spakowitz says the meteors are remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle. That will make the light from those meteors really pop!

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-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness.

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower?

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

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