Look up this weekend for annual meteor shower


-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

The annual Perseid meteor shower happens this weekend. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. It's best seen in dark skies after 10pm, with more meteors closer to dawn.

This is why some stargazers have managed to snap images of stars shooting across the sky.

While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet.

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Experts say up to 75 meteors will be possible per hour as Earth passes through debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

The best viewing will be away from city lights and other sources of light pollution.

-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

A number of planets will also be highly visible.

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.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!