Another Chance To See The Perseid Meteor Shower

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The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend and viewing conditions should be spectacular in mid-Missouri.

Ellis said you can expect to see 50-100 meteors per hour, "shooting stars". This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the USA can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

For this year it has been inspired by the singer Enya's "Dark Sky Island " album.

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The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the sky and hence the name Perseids.

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the shower should feature 60 to 70 meteors per hour at its peak. Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

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The shower is expected to be visible from across the country, but Space.com recommends viewers find the darkest place they can find to view the shower, to avoid light pollution from ruining the spectacle. Wherever you are in India, look up at the sky for some celestial fireworks.

Stargazers who want to see the show without risking mosquito bites can also watch the meteor shower on a live stream here.

Another said: "Experiencing my first ever Perseid Meteor Shower and actually seeing stars in this way is just attractive and wow".

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