Don't miss the meteor shower

Don't miss the meteor shower

NASA's telescopes in Daytona Beach, Florida, captured the first signs of the "celestial fireworks" before they peak this weekend.

The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year.

'This year the Moon will not be up there around the Perseid's peak, so it will not contaminate the sky with its light: so, the sky will be dark and meteors will be visible much better, provided you will go under a reasonably dark sky, ' astronomer Gianluca Masi told Metro. Unfortunately, there's always the chance that bad weather like fog or rain will create unfavorable viewing conditions.

The photo comes courtesy of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Meteoroid Environment Office. It is important to note that the constellation for which a meteor shower is named is not the source of the meteors, it is simply in the same direction.

The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

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The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station.

But anyone deterred by the daunting hours will bee glad to know individual fireballs will start appear as early as 9pm local time when the skies are already darkened.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

The Perseids' radiant is located near to their namesake Constellation Perseus.

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Fewer but longer-tailed meteors are commonly seen skipping across the Earth's atmosphere when looking toward the southern sky. During that optimum period you could see between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.

"Some are sporadic background meteors".

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