Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

The most prime viewing will take place on Sunday night, anytime after 10pm through the overnight. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase. This year's viewing may make up for last year's underwhelming showing when the glare of a full moon made if hard to see the shower well. Though smoke is forecasted to linger into Saturday night, the sky cou;ld remain moderately clear into the early morning hours and temperatures shouldn't drop below 16C.

-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness.

The summertime meteor shower, the Perseid, is set to peak August 11, 12 and 13. Some of the bigger debris even create fireballs.

Around this time every year, Earth ventures into the wake of an ancient comet called Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind trillions of particles. The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle anticipates we will see as many as 100 "shooting stars" per hour.

This weekend the night sky will light up with the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus. Note that if the skies are too cloudy or if it's raining, the event will be cancelled. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show". Although the best night looks to be August 12th.




Will you be watching the meteor shower?

NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky. Just lie on a blanket and look straight up.

"The Perseid meteor shower is considered to be the best one in North America for the year", Vessey said. Some of these will be faint and some will be bright streaks. "After midnight is probably going to be some of the best times to go out, that's because as the Earth is rotating after midnight our location will be rotating into the debris field".

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