Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak late in the evening Saturday into early Sunday morning, though a similar show could be seen Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement.

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".

The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

This year, skies will be clear. "Instead if your just zoned in on one area you're going to miss everything that's going on over here". When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower. That will make the light from those meteors really pop! In contrast, clouds, showers and scattered thunderstorms will thwart prospective meteor watchers in a swath extending from the southern Great Plains northeast through the Carolinas, the Middle Atlantic states and on up into the so-called "Northeast Corridor", running from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

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-Get away from city lights.

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

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. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

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

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