Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Date: Here’s All About the Most Popular Celestial Event of the Year
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Meteor showers are the most beautiful occurrences in a night sky. To watch streaks of light all over the sky is quite a dreamy sequence. Perseid meteor shower is the most popular meteor showers among stargazers and one of the most active ones. This year, Perseid meteor shower will occur on the nights of August 11 and 12 with the second day expected to be better.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com, "This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight. The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it."

In some countries, Mars and Saturn will also be visible during this time. The Perseids are associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids got their name from the constellation Perseus they come from. For better viewing experience, NASA recommends looking towards the sky from dark areas like suburbs or the countryside. Your eyes will take 30 minutes to adjust to the night sky and you will be able to see a clear picture.

Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado is hosting a Night Sky Festival during this time. People attending the festival will be explained in detail about perseids. Perseids will start appearing from mid-July and peak in mid-August. You can expect 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the hour.