How to catch the peak of the dazzling 2018 Perseid meteor shower

An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image

But in order to enjoy the sight of "shooting stars", clear skies are necessary. The Slooh.com webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower. This year is an excellent one for the Perseids, because they will reach their maximum on a new moon weekend; without any bright moonlight, skywatchers will be able to see many fainter streaks.

The meteors will radiate from one central location in the northeast section of the sky, known as the constellation Perseus, from which they take their name.

These ideal conditions for watching will coincide with the peak time for meteor shower viewings, when Earth passes through the richest display of showers on Sunday night at 9 p.m. Steve did not know offhand the time the shower will peak, but said it is best to wait until after 11 p.m.to start looking.

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak late in the evening Saturday into early Sunday morning, though a similar show could be seen Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

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Most of the state should experience clear to mostly clear skies each night.

Gianluca Masi, director of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, told Express.co.uk the Perseid shower is something no astronomer would want to miss.

For the best viewing, move away from city lights and look to the north. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. The bugs have calmed down, weather is flawless, you'll have a meteor shower to watch and the fire ban has been lifted at Algonquin Park. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. All you have to do is look up into the night sky with as many as 60 meteors per hour. But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine.

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