Qeensland best placed to see meteor shower

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It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year. The meteor shower occurs every year when Earth moves through the trail of its orbit.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

The best time to watch will be on the night of August 12 and the early morning of August 13, especially in the pre-dawn hours. Shooting stars could happen every minute. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

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So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching.

The meteors appear to shoot off of the constellation Perseus, which is how they get their name.

Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark though out the shower. It manifests as bright streaks of light shooting across the sky but if you blink, they're gone - literally.

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

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If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST on August 12.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

One of the best sky shows of the year is coming this weekend. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

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