Joe Lauria details prime time to enjoy Perseid Meteor Shower

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Fraknoi said Sunday night and Monday morning will likely be the best times to watch the meteor shower, although "there could be significantly more meteors in the sky on the night before and the night after too". But NASA says they don't pose a danger to Earth because most particles burn up 50 miles above our planet.

Make plans now to stay up late or set the alarm early next week to see a cosmic display of "shooting stars" light up the night sky.

The Perseids actually began July 17 and continue until August 24, but the Earth will pass through the thickest stream of debris August 12-13, offering the best chance to see the show. This weekend will also bring a new moon, which will make the skies extra dark.

A Perseid meteor streaking down the sky in 2010 in Springfield, Vermont. Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground.

Weather will be ideal this weekend to view the Perseid meteor shower. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.

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Astronomy enthusiasts are travelling to the Sea to Sky Corridor to watch the dazzling Perseid meteor shower, which reaches its peak this weekend.

Every August, the Earth passes through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient.

Away from the city lights - or any lights, for that matter. The shower got its name from the fact that the meteors seem to come from a single point in the constellation Perseus.

This year will also be great for viewing because the moon's current phase is near new moon and won't flood the night sky with moonlight. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said. The best viewing times are a few hours after twilight, up until dawn, on days surrounding the peak.

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