Perseid meteor shower to light up the skies tonight into Sunday

Where to watch the Perseid meteor shower live stream if the weather ruins your view

In the USA, the meteor shower is being seen as an opening act for the first solar eclipse to cross that country in 99 years, which is expected on 21 August.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak between late Saturday and early Sunday, with around 150 shooting stars per hour predicted, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Friday.

Corp said smoke and a semi-full moon may make it more hard to clearly see the shooting stars, but should still be visible with less light pollution out at the beach. However, if enthusiasts are unlucky, there could be a number of different factors that can prevent them from enjoying the Perseid meteor shower to its full extent.

Some media reports said that this year's Perseid show is the "brightest shower in recorded human history", a speculation denied by Bill Cooke, lead of Meteoroid Environment Office, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21 has seen hundreds of thousands of people make arrangements to get the best possible view of the phenomenon - the first of its kind since 1979.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "There was one rogue report that said it was going to be the most impressive display for 96 years or some other rubbish". "Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly". The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation.

Where to watch the Perseid meteor shower live stream if the weather ruins your view
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The celestial event will be most visible in the pre-dawn hours.

When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular", said Mr Scagell.

The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years.


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