Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12

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If you're looking to catch sight of the Perseid meteor shower in MI, your best chance is Saturday night, according to Raymond Bullock, program presenter at the Cranbrook Institute of Science's Acheson Planetarium. Whilst it officially started on 17 July, running through until 27 August, the Met Office has confirmed that the peak dates to see the shower are 12-13 August, with up to 100 meteors visible per hour. "Comet Swift-Tuttle has a huge nucleus - about 26 km in diameter", said Cooke. "But the good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs; otherwise the moon would really mess with them".

The shower produces 50 or more meteors every hour.

. These meteors are actually specks of rock that have broken off Comet Swift-Tuttle and continued to orbit the Sun until they vaporize in Earth's atmosphere. Their forecast was right, and at the shower's peak, some skywatchers saw over 200 meteors per hour!

The Perseid meteor shower makes an impressive lights show in the skies over the northern hemisphere every year in August.

If you're from Detroit or another big city, we suggest you go outside of town!

The moon, which will be three-quarters full at the time of the peak, will rise around 11 p.m.

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The earth passes each year through a place where comets flew in the past.

The Perseids radiant, to the northeast at midnight on August 12-13, 2017. "Looking outside, you would see something like 20 to 30 meteors per second", he wrote. Instead, bring along a blanket or a lawn chair, so you can sit or lie down, and look straight up in to the night sky. The shooting stars will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky.

The best way to see it would be to watch the sky from a wide, open space - away from trees and tall buildings.

Regardless of where you live, many provincial parks offer a great place to view these events, even if you have to stick to the parking lot at night.

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