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Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this weekend

Even though there has been a lot of chatter about the upcoming solar eclipse, if you've found a new love for astronomy, you'll love to hear that this weekend - the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks.

Henderson said he would have liked if the moon were less bright this weekend. "The best Perseid performance of which we are aware occurred back in 1993, when the peak Perseid rate topped 300 meteors per hour. And that's just because the moon's going to wash out the fainter ones".

Every year, the best time to watch the shower of particles is August 12 or 13. Every year from mid-July through late August, Earth crosses the orbital path of the comet, and the Perseids hit the upper atmosphere at about 130,000 miles per hour. In a normal year you might see 50-75 meteors per hour in a rural location.

For those interested in catching the celestial event, Mr Chee recommended places such as Changi Beach, West Coast Beach and Bishan Park, where there are better views of the night sky.

To increase your chances of seeing this particular meteor shower, look towards the northeast part of the night sky, away from city lights.

To see the meteor shower, you don't need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment; all you need is your eyes. "These meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them", the IMO said, according to Newsweek.

While usual rates for the Perseid meteor shower are roughly 80 shooting stars per hour, in outburst years like that of last year, the rate jumped to 150 to 200 meteors each hour during the peak.

This swirling ball of ice and dust-remnants from when our universe formed-was discovered in 1862 and forever changed how we thought about the streaks of light that zip across the sky."This is one of the first comets that really convinced people that there was a direct link between certain comets and meteor showers", James Zimbelman, a planetary geologist with the National Air and Space Museum, told Smithsonian.com past year. The meteors are actually tiny dust and particles from the tail of the comet as it orbits around the sun.

Comet Swift-Tuttle has been well documented each time it has come close to Earth.

The Perseids originate at a point near the constellation Perseus, but that is not essential for locating them.

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