Stargazing conditions prime for meteor shower

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

It's the most popular meteor shower of the year.

How can you see the meteor shower?

The Perseid meteor shower will reportedly reach its peak visibility over this weekend (11-12 August).

According to Space.com, during peak hours people should see about 60-70 meteors per hour. If you're surrounded by street lights, the meteors you would normally have been able to see "you can't because the sky is so filled with light".

And in some places, a sky free from clouds will not automatically mean a good view for the meteors. This is the time period where the Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle comet's debris field.

Experts say the best views will be to the east, and observers should try to avoid built-up areas.

Daytime heating caused some instability to our north this afternoon with showers and thunderstorms mostly in the U.P. but a few showers did make their way into Northeast Wisconsin.

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The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August.

Meteors in general are small particles of dust - some as small as grains of sand - entering the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

If you happen to be camping at a Provincial Park you likely picked the best weekend of the year.

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