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It's all because of the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which zooms close to Earth during its 133-year journey around the sun.

"It will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is usually one of the best of the year, and the 2018 version peaks over the next few nights.

This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe, but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the United States and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

Because it's in a new phase, the moon won't be up and the night sky will be darker, said Bruce Twarog, a University of Kansas professor with the department of physics and astronomy.

The Perseids meteor shower - one of the best cosmic spectacles of the year - is coming this weekend.

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"Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them".

But anyone deterred by the daunting hours will bee glad to know individual fireballs will start appear as early as 9pm local time when the skies are already darkened.

Just bear in mind you will not see as many shooting stars this early as you would during the peak.

The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point.

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Debris from the tail end of this comet hits our atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour and burns up before it makes contact with the surface of the Earth.

Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies. "You should be able to see some meteors from July 17 to August 24, with the rates increasing during the weeks before August 12 and decreasing after the 13th", NASA said in a skywatching video.

"Some are sporadic background meteors".


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