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**Update** August 13 - Meteor Shower Viewable on night of Aug. 12 to Aug. 13 (Sun - Mon); see live online straming
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The annual Perseid meteor shower should be viewable in a couple of hours as the sun sets, the sky darkens, and the evening passes on Saturday, August 11.
Schedule & Peak Time and Live Online Streaming
Already considered a "highlight of the year", space fans from California to Colorado, to Ontario, Canada, all across North America are getting ready to enjoy the spectacle with reports stating that the best time to watch it will fall between 11 p.m. EDT on Saturday until sunrise on Sunday. The shower will arrive at its peak at about 2:00 a.m. EDT.
New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami, Atlanta: 11:00 p.m. - night fades (peak 2:00 a.m.)
Houston, Chicago: 10:00 p.m. - night fades(peak 1:00 a.m.)
Denver: 9:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. (peak: 12:00 a.m.)
Los Angeles, San Francisco: Evening - 5:00 a.m. (peak 11:00 p.m.)
During this time frame, debris from a comet called Swift-Tuttle is the cause of the meteor display. The comet began falling apart about 1,000 years ago and Earth will pass through the cloud of debris it left behind every year while bits of its ice and dust enter the Earth's atmosphere.
People can also enjoy it inside their homes via a live online streaming as provided here below:
What to Expect
At its peak, viewers will be able to observe about 60-80 meteors per hour or about one every minute. In places where pollution affects the sky's visibility, that number may decrease significantly according to the HuffPost. The meteors will travel at about 37 miles per second (not hour, correction)as they hit Earth's atmosphere and that'll in return cause the lighting trail we see.
The light emitted by the fireballs will vary in degree of intensity and watchers might witness bright flashes occasionally.
No telescopes are required to view the exhibit and people are not in risk of having their sight damaged if viewed with their bare eyes.
The Perseid meteor shower was named after the Perseus constellation.
North America is ideally located to enjoy the light show.
According to Spacedex.com, Australia will have low visibility of the shower. It will not be able to enjoy the shower as in places such as North America.
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