View shooting stars during Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12

An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image

An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image

Weather will be flawless this weekend to view the Perseid meteor shower.

There's a way for everyone to watch the spectacular Perseids on Saturday and Sunday night as the annual meteor shower reaches its height. Stargazers will be able to see the falling debris as "shooting stars".

Starting tonight and through the weekend, Shenandoah National Park will be hosting the "Night Sky Festival", with space-related activities, and a front row seat to a meteor shower.

"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", Cooke told

Wichita is shaping up to be one of the best spots in the region to catch the best celestial show of the summer. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. 60 to 100 meteors are expected to be visible every hour. "If you were to draw the lines of the meteors and connect them back to where they started, they all seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus", she said. But when comets come close to the heat of the Sun, their ice melts and the remaining matter (the meteoroids) is left behind in the orbit of the comet. Steve recommended those who want to watch the shower avoid cities or places subject to light pollution.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

Mr Masi said: "Perseids never disappoint the observer - they are one of the best astronomical shows off the year and we just need our own eyes to see them".

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