Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

11 August, 2018, 07:37 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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The peak days will be Saturday night and Sunday night. On the evening of Aug.12 to the morning of Aug.13, stargazers will see the best show the meteor shower has to offer. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere.

The annual spectacle in the sky is typically one of the best meteor showers of the year. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead.

If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year. "That's what we call the radiant, which is where the majority of meteors are coming from". If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.


The best way to see the meteor shower is to find a constellation like Cassiopeia, and look just below it and to the left. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. Speaking from experience, I used to watch the show as a kid living a mile from New York's JFK airport, and I generally saw a handful of meteors from my backyard with all the house lights turned off. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them.

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