How to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Northwest this weekend

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", Cooke told Space.com.

The shower runs from July 17 to August 24, however, it peaks from 4 pm on August 12 until 4 am on August 13 Eastern Daylight Time. But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires.

As he was executed on August 10, many Catholics associate the Perseid meteor shower with St Lawrence, and dub the shooting stars as the "tears of St Lawrence" as they occur at the same time each year.

The Perseids are debris from the Swift-Tuttle comets.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - ideal weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot.

The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.

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The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for their long, streaking tails. People can look directly overhead to see the meteors, as long as they are in a dark area without too much light pollution.

The meteor shower will grow more spectacular through the weekend with top performance between midnight and dawn Sunday and Monday.

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze.

Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see? This year, the Perseids will peak at 50-70 meteors per hour. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States.

Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, NASA said.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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