What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

One of the best-regarded meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend - The Perseid Meteor Shower. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase. Make sure you have a dark area to view.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.

Meteoroids start off as comets, which are chunks of ice that contain rock and dust.

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. The Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be even better. From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere.

Here are 5 facts to know about the Perseid meteor 2018. If a piece makes it all the way down to Earth without burning up, it graduates to "meteorite".

As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye.

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When to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India?

This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12.

Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on August 13 is expected to be optimal viewing, Vessey said.

If you are interested in taking photos of the meteor shower, check out these tips from Sky & Telescope. The moon will also not play spoilsport as it will be in its crescent phase.

-Get away from city lights. "They're not just things you read about in storybooks and we're tiny in comparison", she says.

The best bet would be to visit places that are neither too polluted and nor too populated.

This year's meteor viewing arrived with a good forecast. "Most people should be able so see a handful an hour". This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get.

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