Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 to Peak Friday and Saturday

Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 to Peak Friday and Saturday

Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 to Peak Friday and Saturday

The Perseid meteor shower is at its peak Saturday, August 12, in the skies above our planet.

Fortunately, Nasa will also be making a live broadcast of the meteor shower available.

However, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke believes the Perseids will be a little more hard to see than expected.

"So every year when earth goes into that old orbit from that comet it runs into that dust and debris and it comes into our atmosphere so fast that it burns up and we see these streaks of light in the sky and we call those meteors", he said.

The moon rises around 11 if you get out to watch just before that you may get a better show even though the peak hours of the showers are between midnight and dawn.

Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of August 12, but that there'd be a decent show both nights.

This means it would make little difference if you sought out a rural area with little artificial light pollution - conditions usually recommended for meteor watching.

"Saturday night into Sunday night, things do look better, and you'll be able to see maybe upwards of 50 meteors throughout the night", LaPoint said. "These meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them", the IMO said, according to Newsweek. Give your eyes some time to adjust to the darkness, about half an hour should be good, and try to be on your back or in a chair looking up, take in as much of the sky as possible. "This bright moon will obliterate all but the brightest Perseid meteors".

Look up! The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend over the Heartland.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Perseid meteor shower. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years, as was the case last year, the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. To put that in perspective, if you traveled from Omaha to Lincoln at the speed of a meteor you'd arrive in 1.5 seconds. It happens every year between the middle of June and the start of September.

The Perseids originate at a point near the constellation Perseus, but that is not essential for locating them. Once these bits of comet debris hit Earth's atmosphere, the meteors are heated to almost 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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