Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?


Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness so that you can best see the faint, quick streaks from the meteor shower, so be patient. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke calls the Perseids the most popular meteor shower of the year.

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

However, many more photographs will come this weekend when the Perseid meteor shower peaks.

This year, the peak of the shower should be out of this world. When the Earth approaches the stream of debris, the Perseid meteor shower appears.

You'll need to get away from city lights and move to a low-lit area.

Just lean back and observe as much sky overhead as possible.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface.

In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity".

NASA scientists advise that although they can be seen any time after 10 p.m., the best time to spot a flurry of meteors will be during the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn, from 11 p.m.to first light. Both nights this weekend will be great to view the meteor shower and the best viewing will be after midnight Saturday and Sunday.

On a normal year the planet usually just grazes the actual debris trail of Swift-Tuttle, causing a few meteors to be visible per hour.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from.