Weekend dazzler: Meteor shower in skies over Vietnam

Perseids 2018 Perseid meteor shower at night

The Perseid meteor shower will be visible around the world this weekend, and experts say stargazers can expect the show to be a spectacular one.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view. Shooting stars could happen every minute.

The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight.

They're bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea. "The meteorites from the comet's trail appear to come from the constellation Perseus, which lends the shower its name", Space.com reports. Nope! Although the peaks are the best times (as long as there's no moonlight), annual meteor showers typically last weeks, not days... building up gradually and then falling off rapidly.

Perhaps you might remember an unbelievable meteor show back in the early 1990s? The Perseids tends to be one of the brightest and most active meteor showers of the entire year. The shower begins to peak on Friday, and the busiest stretch and the best viewing, according to NASA, will be from midnight Sunday through the predawn hours of Monday.

Every year, the Perseids meteor shower peaks in mid-August.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

NASA ready for trip to the sun
The Parker Solar Probe , NASA's epic mission to "touch" the sun , has been cleared to take off on August 11, reports CBS News . Sending a spacecraft from Earth to a stationary target like the sun is like trying to throw a dart from a speeding train.

The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet.

The next time it will pass is 2126.

The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

How can you view this meteor shower? If it's a clear night, everyone should be able to see it, but this august is a different.

"If you have seen a few of them you have seen them all", he said. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

After about half an hour, your eyes should adjust to the darkness and you will start spotting them very fast - so we recommend you don't check your phone in the meantime.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

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