Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2018: The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year. This shower is created by debris from the comet Swift Tuttle which last passed Earth in 1992. As Earth passes through the debris field, the debris is pulled into Earth’s atmosphere. The debris hits the atmosphere so fast that it starts to glow from friction. The meteor shower peaks on August 12th this year but meteors can still be seen before and after the 12th. The best viewing will actually be on the early morning hours of the 13th, because at that point the sky will be on Earth's direction of travel. Imagine it like a car. You're going to hit far more bugs on your front windshield than the side windows, and after midnight, you will be looking out of Earth's metaphorical windshield. This year, the Moon will pose no obstacle for the shower, and as many as 60-70 meteors will be seen per hour from dark skies, however, even more are possible. To see the most meteors, look towards the constellation Perseus, where the meteor shower radiant lies.

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