Meteor shower in the Netherlands

The Perseids radiant at roughly midnight on August 12-13 2018. Credit Stellarium  Scott Sutherland

Look off towards the constellation Perseus in the night sky (that's how the meteor shower got its name).

When is the Perseid meteor shower?

It's a good year to watch the Perseids, according to Mel Blake, associate professor for physics and astronomy, and director of the University of North Alabama Planetarium.

The meteors appear randomly everywhere in the sky, so you do not need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky - just keep looking up, filling your gaze with as much of the sky as possible for as long as you can.

"Meteor showers like the Perseids are caused by streams of meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere", NASA said on Tumblr.

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How can I view the meteor shower?

While the Perseids are active between July 14 and August 24, the best time to see the shower starts August 11, thanks to the new moon that day.

The peak of this meteor shower will occur during the night of August 12 to 13. It's best to the weather forecast in advance via www.metoffice.gov.uk as the clearer the skies, the more you'll see - and if there's heavy cloud, you'll struggle. In areas where it is extremely dark, away from the light pollution of Dutch cities and towns, one may even be able to see around 100 shooting stars per hour.

Here are 5 facts to know about what to expect and where in IL the meteor show can be seen.

The Perseid meteor shower is visible to the naked eye, so no equipment is necessary. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

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