What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower


For stargazers experiencing cloudy or light-polluted skies, a live broadcast of the Perseid meteor shower will be available via Ustream overnight on August 11-12 and August 12-13, beginning at 10 p.m. EDT.

The shower should be visible on both sides of the equator, although it is reportedly a better watch if you're in the mid-northern latitudes, meaning the top spots are European countries, as well as the USA and Canada.

The Perseid meteor shower of 2018 is nearly upon us.

And the shooting stars are expected to be particularly bright as a new moon will make the sky even darker.

And in some places, a sky free from clouds will not automatically mean a good view for the meteors.

Experts say up to 75 meteors will be possible per hour as Earth passes through debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

You'll be able to see a few meteors in the sky over the next few nights, but the Perseids meteor shower peaks Sunday night. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

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. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

Where is the best place to view them?