Queensland best placed to see meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12, into the wee hours of the morning on August 13.

The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

During the Perseid meteor shower, spectators will see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight. Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

Good visibility is in the forecast for both nights.

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

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Place: Darkness is required for optimal viewing, which is pretty tough in the city.

A tent stands out against the starlit sky during the Perseid meteor shower on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in early-to-late August.

You might be able to catch a handful or maybe even a dozen meteors per hour in the weeknights leading up to the main event that will coincide roughly with the new moon (meaning the moon is absent from the night sky) on Saturday evening.

Depending on when you decide to watch, you'll have a chance to see something different. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States. This creates the meteor shower, or the appearance of "shooting stars". Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views. Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower past year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

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