Look to the Skies This Weekend for a Colorado Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

The August 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower is visible every night for about two weeks before and after its peak which occurs on the night of August 12th until dawn on August 13th.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the 2018 event will peak on the nights of august 11-12 and 12-13.

He said spectators should be able to see 60-70 meteors an hour during the peak hours.

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower for 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years. 2016 was an outburst year, which means the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway.

A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies flawless for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event. 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. If you can find a secluded area away from city lights you will see more flashes. "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.

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