Before the eclipse, check out the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Shaji Manshad  Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

IMO says that the 2018 Perseid meteor shower might give sky watchers a better view since it should be around the time when the moon is a thin crescent but, of course, there are still clouds and weather conditions to account for. Even though Sunday is past the peak of the meteor shower, you can still see around 40-50 meteors, shooting across the night sky.

With all the talk about the Great American Eclipse, you may have forgotten to put this on your calendar: The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend.

Prepare to sit for a few hours, as the longer you stay, the better you'll see as it can take up to 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark. The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society.

The meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, in the north sky beneath the more recognizable "W" of Cassiopeia. The moon light will make the meteor rate appear to be about half of the average because of the bright light. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years, as was the case last year, the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

Although the Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, meteors will be visible through the end of August. You may find ample meteors before moonrise, but perhaps a handful after the moon's brightness washes away all but the brilliant ones.

The moon, which will be three-quarters full, will make it slightly more hard to see - as will viewing from the city. "Upwards of 100 lay prostrate on the ground [.] with their hands raised, imploring God to save the world and them", Cooke quoted from an 1833 account of seeing the Leonids meteor show in SC.

"It's a good time to grab the kids and the grandkids...get out of the way of the city a bit and catch the meteors", Henderson said.

They can be seen anywhere in the world, but are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere. That's just over one per minute. That means about 86 percent of the moon will be illuminated, shining a light in the night sky that may upstage the Perseids. A (presumably second-rate) repeat won't roll around for another 96 years, they say.

According to NASA, Friday night into Saturday morning will likely see increased activity.

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