All eyes will be on the sky this weekend as pieces of a comet streak across the sky, as the annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.
According to a NASA expert, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Normally, 80 meteor can be spotted per hour but in 2016 it ranged as high as 150-200 meteors an hour.
The actual peak time for the meteor shower is around 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates.
Perseid Meteor Shower: Considered the “old faithful” of sky shows, the Perseids put on a dazzling display every August as Earth plows through a stream of debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, which swings around the sun every 133 years.
When to see them?
Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to Aug. 24, with the shower's peak — when Earth passes through the densest, dustiest area — occurring on Aug. 12. That means you'll see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time near that peak, but you can still catch some action from the famed meteor shower before or after that point.
How to see them?The Perseid Meteor Shower can be seen from the naked eyes, the only condition remains that people should place themselves in the darkest possible area and should be there at least half an hour before the time of shower.
Nearly 30 minutes are required for normal human eye to get familiar with the darkness and be able to see more.
Where to see them?
The Perseids are primarily a Northern Hemisphere sky show, but sky-watchers in the Southern Hemisphere will still have the chance to observe some of the shower.