Get ready for a ideal Perseid meteor show

During the Perseids' peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".

Even better news still, the moon won't be spoiling the view. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

The interstellar debris slams into the Earth's atmosphere at impressive speeds and burns up in the night skies, producing bright fireballs.

This month, our skies will be lit up with yet another celestial spectacle: the Perseid meteor shower, the shower NASA calls the 'best of the year'.

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.

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However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates.

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement.

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. If you can't escape the city, try a golf course or a park. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Those bits of cosmic dust fall into our atmosphere, creating the bright streaks we see as meteors in the night sky.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

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