Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

One of the most photographed meteor showers of the year has been putting on a small show every night since mid-July.

A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies flawless for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night.

Stargazers are anxiously awaiting the peak weekend for this year's Perseid meteor shower.

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour. During outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

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What special equipment do you need to view the shower? The last time Swift-Tuttle passed near Earth was in 1992, which was so large that earth spends weeks inside the debris zone it left behind.

Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris. These conditions let the Perseids shine brightly as dust trails in our atmosphere turn into the fiery streaks we see while gazing upward in our backyards that lead to astute scientific observations between neighbors, such as "oooh!". The meteors travel at 37 miles per second and most are the size of a grain of sand.

Earth passes through the path of Swift-Tuttle's debris from July 17 to August 24, with the peak coming August 11-13.

Best viewing time? Well, you might want to take a nap before you head out there. Go to a dark area in the suburbs or countryside and prepare to wait outside for a few hours. Find a spot where you can lay back and comfortably observe as much of the sky as possible.

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