Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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Three years later, an Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaperelli identified the comet as the origin of the Perseid meteor shower.

Some 60 to 100 meteors — better known as shooting stars — can be seen per hour as the Earth encounters the gritty debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the icy parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the U.S. and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

"This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes", Cooke told

-Escape from city lights and find a nice, dark spot, so you'll be able to see the fainter meteors, Cooke said. Along with the showers, there's also a chance stargazers will catch a view of the Milky Way stretching from the south, along with Saturn and Mars.

You can watch the livestream below.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

"A meteor shower is a collision between the Earth and the trail of a comet or an asteroid", Dr. Faherty says. "During a meteor shower the Earth collides with that debris and very small pieces burn up in the upper atmosphere creating the show".

The Perseids will be best seen on Monday morning around 2am local time, when the Perseid radiant is high up in the sky.

And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to get a good view, or even to wish upon a shooting star (or several dozen of them). 8-10 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey.

Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies. An enjoyable number of meteors will be visible - and you can sleep late the next morning.