This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

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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.

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them.

"The shower is called the Perseids because the meteors look like they're coming from the constellation Perseus". All you have to do is look up into the night sky with as many as 60 meteors per hour. The webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower. This weekend also will be the Perseids Meteor Shower!

Where is the best place to view them?

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The annual meteor shower will peak August 12-14, and should be visible each night.

The next event in the star calendar is a big event planned in Killarney Provincial Park on September 22, an ideal area to view the night sky since it's far from big city lights.

The particles reach high speeds when entering Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate on their way to the ground, leaving a trace of light.

What is the Perseids Meteor Shower?

As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead. That means, city dwellers, you're going to have to head out to the countryside - or at least as far away as you can from the city's bright lights - if you want a decent viewing. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second.

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Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks. Or maybe even a little earlier, because, as NASA points out, it may take up to an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness-so give yourself plenty of time to settle in to view the meteors.

StormCenter 2 Severe Weather Specialist Brad Spakowitz says the meteors are remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event.

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