Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend!

Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend!

Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend!

Earth passes through the Comet Swift-Tuttle's path between July 17 and August 24 and our planet passes through the dustiest, most dense area on Saturday, which allows viewers to see the most meteors in the shortest time, Stunder explained.

When it comes to astronomical events, this year's annual Perseid meteor shower is in serious danger of being, shall we say, eclipsed.

The Perseid Meteor Shower seen over The Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor, DevonWhen is the next meteor shower in the UK?

The meteor shower, which looks like a fireball show, will be clearer and more handsome if viewed from dark places.

The meteors will be sparser around at that time but, the IMO says, "these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them".

The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every year as Earth passes through the dust and debris left behind from the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Once you've found your spot, look to the north to see the meteors seemingly radiating out of the constellation Perseus, which is where the meteors get their name.

Star gazers, rejoice: One of the best celestial shows of the year will light up West Michigan's sky this weekend. Though the meteors will appear to fall at about half the rate as prior years, viewers can still expect to see around 40 to 50 meteors per hour. With up to 200 meteors recorded per hour, scientists called 2016's shower an outburst. According to Sky and Telescope magazine, the brightness of the sky overhead at full moon away from an urban center can be the same as an urban center on a moonless night.

Later in the night, it would be best to turn one's back on the moon to try and catch a glimpse of the brightest-burning meteors. At best they can burst and drop up to a few hundred in an hour.

For the best viewing, head away from city lights and look toward the northeast during the dark hours just before sunrise.

According to NASA, Friday night into Saturday morning will likely see increased activity. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest auto is capable of travelling. "This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation", Bruce McClure said. There are other comet debris trails throughout the year that give us other meteor showers, such as the Leonids in November.