Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower To Put On Brilliant Show This Weekend

If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower previous year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

Not only will the night sky be dark, but also clear, according to Matt Walters, a meteorologist with Topeka's National Weather Service.

In August 2016, the shower produced about 150 meteors an hour and in 2009, the estimated peak was about 173 but some of the fainter meteors could have been washed out by Moonlight.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

But there is no need to search for the constellation because the shooting star will zoom across the sky in ever direction conceivable. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them". It orbits the sun every 133 years and was last seen in 1992 - so it won't be back again until 2126.

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts. "Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun".

This weekend, Twarog is anticipating a slightly higher debris field. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

A tent stands out against the starlit sky during the Perseid meteor shower on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas.

The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight.

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But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

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