How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower-Online or In Person

How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower-Online or In Person

The Perseids are always popular with skywatchers, and this year's show could be especially dazzling - in part, experts say, because the crescent moon will have set and there will be no moonlight to wash out the fainter meteors.

The world is watching in awe as the Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with spectacular shooting stars across the globe.

If you want to wish upon a shooting star, this is your weekend.

"Every year in August, we sort of sweep through the leftovers of that comet and the tiny little particles that it left behind enter into the Earth's atmosphere", explains Brar.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.

Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night.

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Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.

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.

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

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom tonight - though cloud is forecast in Cumbria.

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

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