Perseid Meteor Shower to put on show over South Florida

2014 Perseids meteor shower captured from Joshua Tree National Park

2014 Perseids meteor shower captured from Joshua Tree National Park

On the late evening hours of August 12, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower will start as it will grace the sky with more than 50 meteors per hour until early morning of August 13, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on its bulletin.

You might want to go to bed a little later the weekend of Aug.11 because the best meteor shower in years is about to happen.

Meteor showers are the most handsome occurrences in a night sky. If you take a peek next Friday or Saturday nights, you'll likely still see 80 or more meteors per hour.

A major determining factor on where a good place is to watch the Perseids meteor shower is local cloud cover and artificial light pollution. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is back and the 2018 edition could be a banner event as we learn on Looking Up this week. The Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus in the eastern horizon and is associated with the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle which last passed by Earth in 1992.

The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA. As they burn up the particles appear as shooting stars, creating bright streaks in the sky. However this year should be an nearly moonless night, making it one of the best meteor showers of the year.

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