Annual meteor shower to peak Sunday night

Carlton Robbins
August 13, 2018

Once darkness falls, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes.

The Perseid Meteor Shower returned to the night sky in the northern hemisphere over the weekend, with the spectacular show reaching its peak on Sunday. This picture, taking in the Milky Way, was taken in Tannourine, LebanonJOSEPH EID/AFP/GETTY IMAGESA girl in Kozjak settles in for the long haul.

Cooke recommends steering clear of bright city lights in order to get the best view.

The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the sky and hence the name Perseids. From 11PM-1AM you can enjoy the surroundings of nature at the Wye Marsh and look to the sky.

Tiny pieces of debris that are around the size of sand grains hit the earth's atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour, causing a fantastical meteor shower each year.

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event. This year the moon is only a crescent and sets before midnight making the sky even darker.

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For 2018 however, Sark is considered as the best place to see the shower with it's lack of light pollution.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi.

Stargazers who want to see the show without risking mosquito bites can also watch the meteor shower on a live stream here.

Perseids is one of the most popular and easy to see showers, as Quadrantids are known for short and unpredictable peak, and Geminids can be challenging to catch due to the cold weather.

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