Want to see the Perseid Meteor shower?

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The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, and their frequency and visibility mean even those with no experience of stargazing have the chance to see them with the naked eye. Experts say we don't need anything special to watch the show, just clear skies and a location away from bright lights. As the Earth spins around the sun it passes through the trail of space dust and debris from the comet Swit-Tuttle. Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteor shower, however you will see some in the early evening.

They meteors tend to be brighter than most that appear in our skies, so the shower is ideal for anyone wishing to see their first "shooting star".

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend
Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

The meteors create a spectacular light show as they burn up in our atmosphere and travel around 37 miles per second so don't blink you might miss it. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast.

How can I see them?

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Although the meteor shower is considered the best of the year in some parts of the country, it turns out Chicago is not the best place to catch glimpses of glittering showers of space matter.

When Can You See the Perseid Meteor Shower? This usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes - so get comfortable.

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There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year. No matter the time of night, on the nights of August 12 and 13, Perseid meteors can be seen across the heavens, but the American Meteor Society advises that you should "aim your center of view about half-way up in the sky" for the most successful viewing.

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