Perseid meteor shower to peak with dozens of shooting stars per hour

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The Perseids occur as a result of Earth passing through the path of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it orbits the sun.

Photographer Chris Bakley captured this image of the Perseid meteor shower in the early hours of August 12, 2019 in Stone Harbor, N.J. Chris Bakley What are the Perseids?

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"The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the Northern Hemisphere", the American Meteor Society explained on its website.

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The radiant point will be in the northeastern sky, but you do not need to focus on this area of the sky to see the meteor shower.

"Weather tonight is largely dry for many but there is potentially some showers affecting western coasts later this evening and generally dying out overnight, where it might be cloudier". "But the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA said. As for the glaring moon, Slooh offered a solution: "Slooh's special low-light video cameras will also detect fainter meteors - even against the bright moonlight".

August 12 midnight to the next early morning of August 13. There's no great trick to seeing the Perseids-just look up, though you may want to look away from the moon to the darkest part of the sky. The Watch began on August 6 and will continue until August 19. And if that doesn't work and you fail to spot any meteors, you can track the events through NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page.

The Perseids come from the direction of the constellation Perseus (hence the name), and for best viewing the advice is, as always, to stand anywhere with as limited light pollution as you can manage with your back to the moon, looking north or east.