The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

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The front's timing coinciding with the day's period of peak heating and some moderately stronger winds aloft approaching this afternoon as well, gives us a small chance for some severe storms, with 50-60 miles per hour wind gusts and quarter-size hail being the greatest threats.

Where do you plan to watch?

"That will cut it down to 10, perhaps 20 per hour", Chester stated. This year, the Perseid Meteor Shower will peak on Saturday afternoon. Lows near 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius). But the presence of a more than half-full moon on Saturday night and Sunday morning when the event is at its height means the shower might be a little overshadowed.

What causes the Perseid meteor shower? . Friday night promises to be mostly clear.

Partly cloudy on Monday, with highs near 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius).

If you don't get any rain today, then you'll probably have to wait all the way until the end of next week for our next chance. The Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers each year, occuring when Earth moves through the path of comet Swift-Tuttle from Jul. 17 through August 24, with the actual peak at 1 p.m. August 12. However, we have a couple of things working against us this year.

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So, when to look?

Amateur astronomer Bob Hogsett will share his knowledge of the night skies while hosting a similar event starting at 11 p.m. Saturday at Beech Fork State Park's recreation area, adjacent to park's main parking lot. Why so late at night?

Just look up! The meteors will be seen as streaks across the sky. Can you see anything before midnight?

Residents in Darwin have the best chance of seeing a meteor or two, followed by Cairns and Brisbane. Just face northeast and look halfway up.

Perseid meteor showers occur each year when the Earth comes in contact with space debris, left behind by an ancient comet. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere. The best conditions are no clouds and a dark sky. The best viewing will be away from city lights and other sources of light pollution.

Rumors have been flying around online that we're set for "the brightest shower in recorded human history". That is emphatically not true. But that hasn't kept it from becoming yet another casualty of fake news.

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