Perseid Meteor Shower: When ,Where And How To Watch The August 2012 Shooting Star Show

By Amir Khan on August 12, 2012 12:36 AM EDT

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The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, and stargazers can catch the August 2012 shooting star show Saturday and Sunday night. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, and stargazers can catch the August 2012 shooting star show Saturday and Sunday night. The Perseid meteor shower will shooting stars streaking across the night sky, so if it is dark enough in your area, expect a great show.

"We expect to see meteor rates as high as a hundred per hour," Bill Cooke, with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, told Space.com. "The Perseids always put on a good show."

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In order to see the August 2012 Perseid meteor shower, all you need is a dark location. Avoid light pollution and city lights, and try to get to a cloud-free area. The best time to watch is between midnight and 9 a.m. on August 12th, but the show will continue Sunday night and throughout the week.

This year's show is especially spectacular, experts said, because it coincides with a crescent moon, and a particularly bright showing by both Jupiter and Venus.

"Sky watchers say there's nothing prettier than a close encounter between the slender crescent moon and Venus - nothing, that is, except for the crescent moon, Venus and a flurry of Perseids," Tony Phillips, an astronomer, told Space.com.

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