Perseid meteor shower 2018: Dramatic pictures of night sky

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NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers of the year; and in 2018, they'll be the best shower of the year. Boer said some folks near the Maple Fire in the Olympic National Forest or in the Cascades might still be dealing with smoke and haze and that could reduce visibility. Monday is the final evening of the peak nights for viewing the annual Perseid shower.

The best way to catch the shower is by travelling out of the city (if you aren't already) to a quiet spot not affected by light pollution.

The shower peaks on tonight, 12 August, but will be visible for a day or two either side.

The meteor shower happens each year when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet.

The Perseid meteor shower could be seen across the globe, including in Europe, the United States and Canada.

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Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high. Small particles of comet dust burn up when entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the bright streaks (mistakenly) known as "shooting stars".

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

A dazzling display of shooting stars lit up the skies of the world last night, with stargazers getting the treat of a lifetime.

Gal suggests that starry-eyed hopefuls view the meteor shower in dark places with low cloud coverage like Makapuu or Sandy's Beach. Skies should be clearing and by the time we hit that peak viewing time after 1 AM it should be partly cloudy to clear. Wherever you are this weekend, keep in mind to look up. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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