Clear skies forecast over Bulgaria for 2018 Perseid meteor shower

Perseids 2018 Annual Perseid meteor shower

Expected to peak during this weekend, August 12 and 13, this meteor shower will allow you to see over 60 meteors streaking through the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures.

The best time to see the most meteors according to the American Meteor Society tends to be just before dawn, around 4 a.m. local time.

This year the meteor shower is predicted to reach its peak on the night of August 12, as Earth passes through the densest part of the Comet 109/Swift-Tuttle's trail.

They're bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea. "What happens over time is you get the comet and also this huge debris field which exists spread out along the entire orbit", Twarog said.

It's mid August, and that means fun family viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower in Maine. But you don't have to look that direction to see the show - the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky overhead. But you don't need to stare at Perseus to spot meteors - in fact, it may be better to simply stare unfocused into the sky and let your more-sensitive peripheral vision do the heavy lifting. But one particular shower is considered the most incredible of the year - and it's coming very soon. The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour on August 11 to 13, setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.

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The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to peak this weekend and offer a brilliant night sky, according to NASA. During a meteor shower, that number can jump to dozens and sometimes hundreds of meteors per hour.

The global meteor network forecasted that the meteors can travel up to 60 kilometers per second and that the shower will originate from the Perseus constellation.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126.

The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station.

The good news is you will be able to see them with the naked eye. A folding chair is useful to get off your feet if you are waiting around to the wee hours to catch the best sights of the night sky.

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