Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

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

It's the most popular meteor shower of the year. It means that because of the moonless sky we'll experience this weekend, the Perseid meteor shower will be quite the spectacle as it lights up the exceptionally dark skies.

This year we can expect 60 to 70 meteors per hour with up to 100 meteors per hour at times. Sit back and watch the skies-or just sleep in and wait for hardier folks to post photos of the meteor showers on Instagram.

Even if you find ideal urban viewing conditions, there are a lot of other factors that can affect whether you see meteors, including whether the sky is clear and the properties of meteors themselves.

Wichita is shaping up to be one of the best spots in the region to catch the best celestial show of the summer.

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

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The Perseid meteors are so named because they look like they're radiating from the constellation Perseus.

The Perseid meteors are the cosmic rubble and debris left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The bugs have calmed down, weather is flawless, you'll have a meteor shower to watch and the fire ban has been lifted at Algonquin Park. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

A number of planets will also be highly visible.

The peak viewing time will be Sunday at around midnight. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page. "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot.

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