Perseid Meteor Shower Should Be 'Celestial Fireworks'

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A forecast of clear skies, particularly far away from city lights, should prove ideal conditions for viewing the August Perseid meteor shower, set to peak Sunday, Aug. 11-Tuesday Aug. 13. According to National Geographic it "promises to be the best celestial fireworks show of the year."

Perseid takes its name from its origin in the constellation Perseus, the mythological Greek hero born from a shower of heavenly gold. In the case of the Perseid meteor shower, that "heavenly gold" comes from dust grains zipping across the sky, sourcing from the Swift-Tuttle Comet, which circles the sun once every 133 years.

“Get out of the city and the lights to give yourself a chance to see them,” said Astronomy magazine's Michael Bakich. "There will be a dozen 'ooh' moments in that hour. Ones where everyone will say, 'Did you see that?'"

The best viewing, according to Bakich should come after the half-full moon sets at 1 a.m.