It's going to shower meteors August 12

Chong with the stargazers at the Lim Choon Kiat Observatory

Chong with the stargazers at the Lim Choon Kiat Observatory

Journalist have talked breathlessly about the upcoming solar eclipse which will happen on August 21, but another fantastic astronomic event will happen this weekend. The yearly Perseid meteor shower is at its peak on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, and viewing conditions in Boise will likely let you take in the show. In 1833, another Leonid storm reportedly had a rate of at least tens of thousands meteors per hour.

But experts have warned that with the moon at three-quarters full, it may make it harder this year to spot the meteors as they fly past.

If you stay up late to find your area covered in cloud, or you live in a busy city with high levels of light pollution, then you can watch the live stream here. Perseids are debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which Earth passes through every August.

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And while NASA pointed out that this will not be the largest meteor shower ever, Scientific American observed that interested watchers may have their view obscured by the moon. In fact, the meteors which we see nearly certainly broke off from Swift-Tuttle during its 1862 visit and not the 1992 visit.

However, "The Perseids will be a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak", quoted Cooke. His advice for best possible viewing? The Perseids promise to be unusually bright 80-100 instead of "shooting stars" per hour, you will see up to 200 meteors.

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