Look to the Skies This Weekend for a Colorado Meteor Shower

Christopher Davidson
August 8, 2018

Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. 11 and it will continue through the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13.

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12.

Stargazers are anxiously awaiting the peak weekend for this year's Perseid meteor shower. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said.

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No astronomical equipment is needed to see the Perseid Meteor Shower; you just need dark, clear skies, something comfortable to sit on and look up. The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand. Lastly, the Perseids are awesome because they are one of the most intense showers. The Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus in the eastern horizon and is associated with the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle which last passed by Earth in 1992.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour. Find a spot where you can lay back and comfortably observe as much of the sky as possible.

But don't worry. The Comet Swift-Tuttle isn't going to crash into the Earth any time soon, if at all, NASA says.

One of the most interesting and lovely things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors! This may cloud up our skies, as we try to view this annual shower.

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