Perseid meteor shower 2017

Stargazers expect a similar outburst during the 2017 Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible overnight on august 11 and 12.

A meteor from the Perseid Meteor Shower is seen over a farm near Tonganoxie, Kan. on August 13, 2015.

Earth passes through this trail every year with the debris slamming into the upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 130,000 miles an hour (210,000 km). Compared to last year's outburst when sky watchers were able to observe up to 200 meteors per hour, this year's could present just up to 50 meteors because of the very thing that people have been excited about for months now - the moon. "Comet Swift-Tuttle has a huge nucleus - about 26 km in diameter", said Cooke.

A Perseid meteor over the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank in August 2013 (Photo: Getty)When is the best time to see them?

The Perseids have been observed for at least two millennia and are made up of bits of dust and ice trailing the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years, according to NASA. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

It is expected to peak on August 12.

If you're from Detroit or another big city, we suggest you go outside of town! Usually it is best view meteor showers after midnight and through until the break of the next day; however, experts recommend catching the show prior to moonrise. Rising at around 11 p.m. on Friday night, and around midnight on Saturday night, the Moon will present a source of light pollution in the sky, that will washed out numerous fainter meteors. The shooting stars will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky. Now imagine yourself being back in 1833, on the night of November 12. "The darker location you can get to, the better, but regardless, the moon is going to block out some of the fainter ones". Now that place is a stream of leftover little rocks or debris.

  • Joe Gonzales