Perseids meteor shower on Sunday

Shaji Manshad  Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

Shaji Manshad Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

Look up to the skies this Friday and Saturday night in Northeast Ohio for a view of the Perseid meteor shower peak. Whilst it officially started on 17 July, running through until 27 August, the Met Office has confirmed that the peak dates to see the shower are 12-13 August, with up to 100 meteors visible per hour. Even though Sunday is past the peak of the meteor shower, you can still see around 40-50 meteors, shooting across the night sky. And yes, it's a cool astronomical occurrence to have a Perseid meteor shower happening, but this is not going to be the once in a lifetime opportunity you might have been reading about. The space agency recommends that you "allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark", then just relax, "lie on your back and look straight up". "However, these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them".

Earth is set to once again pass through the dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet, sparking the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, said Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society.

Cooke also said that the record for the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history also belongs to the Leonids, which lit up the sky in 1833 to a point where people thought it was the end of the world.

One of the biggest meteor showers of the year will be in the night sky this weekend.

"The increased number will be cancelled out by the bright Moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", according to a NASA blog post.

Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 David Kingham combined 23 individual stills over several hours to depict a Perseid meteor shower.

The moon will be more than half-full, in a so-called gibbous phase, which means its light will spoil stargazers' view in a similar way to that of urban light pollution.

You'll have to say up late to see them however as the best time to spot them is after 1am.

If you get away from city lights and see a clear sky, look north.

Mosby will take hundreds of shots over a few-hour period to make sure he captures the meteors. Sadly, this year will be much less thanks to a bright moon in our skies.

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