The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

Want to see a shooting star? Perseid meteor shower underwayMore

The August 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower is visible every night for about two weeks before and after its peak which occurs on the night of August 12th until dawn on August 13th.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12.

Earth passes through the path of Swift-Tuttle's debris from July 17 to August 24, with the peak coming August 11-13.

The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.

The Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts says the mountains, the shore and anywhere you find a dark night sky are optimal spots for viewing.

The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at some 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. No equipment is necessary.

It will last until August 24, but if you want the best view wait to go stargazing until closer to the night of Sunday, August 12. The Perseid meteor shower is just around the corner, and we are here to help you see them! "The moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA's Bill Cooke told Space.com.

So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower.

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