Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

In addition to the showers, lucky sky watchers may see the Milky Way stretching from the south into the overhead dome, Boyle said in a news release.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that this year's shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak.

In the days leading up to, and after, the peak of the meteor shower, many shooting stars will already be visible. No matter the time of night, on the nights of August 12 and 13, Perseid meteors can be seen across the heavens, but the American Meteor Society advises that you should "aim your center of view about half-way up in the sky" for the most successful viewing. It is unclear what the weather will be like during this night, but if the skies are clear stargazers will be in for a treat.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak from 4 p.m. EST on Sunday until 4 a.m. EST on Monday, according to NASA.

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend
Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13.

During the peak, skywatchers should be able to see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time.

For the best viewing, get yourself to a dark area. Make sure you are comfortable too, as spotting shooting stars is a waiting game. Saturn will be visible in the band of stars above Sagittarius and Mars will be out all night, hanging low in the southeast as the sky darkens.

Where to look? Look to the North-NE and find the constellation Perseus and most meteorites will appear to come from the top of this constellation.

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