'Awesome' Perseid meteor shower coming next week to a sky near you

The peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower is swinging in on a weekend this year. The meteors will be most active across our skies Aug. 11 through Aug. 13.  Skywatchers should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour, Space.com said.

The moon phase during the shower this year, a waxing crescent, should make for excellent meteor viewing. The small sliver of moon provides very little light compared to a full moon. The moon will feature less than 10 percent illumination during the meteor shower.

No special equipment is needed to enjoy this nighttime spectacle, just a dark sky and some patience.

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year; and in 2018, they'll be the best shower of the year. 


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