Perseids 2018: Where And How To Watch The Dazzling Meteor Shower

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"Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable".

"The Perseids have been observed for around 2000 years, and are the result of Earth passing through a cloud of dust left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle".

Once darkness falls, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes. Perseid peaks on a Moonless summer night from 4 p.m. EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday).

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The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

As you can see from the video, green lights shoot across a star-filled sky in a truly awe-inspiring display. You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead.

Homebodies can head out to West Seattle's Alki and see the show with the Seattle skyline in view, or go to Gas Works Park for lakeside vistas.

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