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"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com. The showers are active from July 14 to Aug. 24, but peaks in mid-August. What's more, the illuminating display is one of year's brightest, too.

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

The comet whose tail creates the Perseus shower is called 109P/Swift-Tuttle, and is named after the USA astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, who discovered it in 1862.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24. Three years later, an Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaperelli identified the comet as the origin of the Perseid meteor shower. Half of watching a meteor shower is waiting around for them to appear. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze. If stargazers miss the show on Saturday, they also can look for it again beginning at about 11 p.m. on Sunday night. Observers will be able to see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour during the peak.

But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

The Perseids are perhaps the most beloved of all meteor showers due to their predictability. Our advice? Bring a rug, a flask of tea (or, you know, whiskey - pick your poison) and some insect repellent, and get gazing.


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