Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Perseid meteor shower

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour

2018's forecast is looking good: Predicted to peak between 4 p.m. EDT August 12 and 4 a.m. EDT August 13, eager skygazers should enjoy warm temperatures and a Moonless sky, with an estimated 80-90 meteors per hour appearing for those at dark sites.

Dang Vu Tuan Son, chairman of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association, said the best time to watch the phenomenon would be in the early hours of Monday morning in the northeastern skies.

The moon will be in its crescent, "new moon", shape, and will set before the shower stars. The Perseids showcase more bright meteors than any other annual meteor shower. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

Downloading a star-gazing mobile app can also add to the experience of meteor showers.

Those who live in areas with little light pollution will be able to see the shower best, if there's clear weather.

All you'll really need to do is crane your head upwards.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

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The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

Some years we aren't as lucky because the peak is during a full moon, and the moonlight drowns out the show.

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.

Every summer, Earth ploughs through this thick trail (this year, it entered the trail on July 17, and it will exit on August 24), allowing some of the comet's ancient debris to enter and burn up in our planet's atmosphere.

When observed from the Earth the meteors only appear to be bursting out from the constellation but in reality the Perseus has no bearing on the Swift-Tuttle debris. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. "You'll want to look northeast".

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