This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

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If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you should be able to spot the meteors in the northeastern sky.

This weekend we'll have a new moon, and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Although the spectacle is considered the best display of meteors 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. "If you were to draw the lines of the meteors and connect them back to where they started, they all seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus", she said.

When to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower in India? It's best seen in dark skies after 10pm, with more meteors closer to dawn.

This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the US can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.

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On a normal year the planet usually just grazes the actual debris trail of Swift-Tuttle, causing a few meteors to be visible per hour.

What exactly is a meteor shower?

As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye. Meteors should appear at rates of 60 to 90 per hour.

Meteors in general are small particles of dust - some as small as grains of sand - entering the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient.

"That's pretty active", he said when asked if that's a lot for a meteor shower. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page.

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