Coming this weekend: The most spectacular meteor shower of the year

Coming this weekend: The most spectacular meteor shower of the year

Coming this weekend: The most spectacular meteor shower of the year

At the meteor shower's speak on the night of August 12, you can expect to see between 60 to 70 meteors every hour. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD.

So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching.

This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show. They feature very fast, very bright meteors - leaving lovely streaks of light and color behind them as they hurtle through Earth's atmosphere. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise.

Since the Perseids always show up in August, they often coincide with warm summer nights - flawless weather for viewing if you can avoid rain or clouds and get to a dark spot. The Perseids got their name from the constellation Perseus they come from.

This annual meteor shower comes as the earth moves through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. At their peak, the Perseids can produce 100 meteors an hour.

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year.

Technically, we have been passing through this patch of debris since July 17 and will continue passing through it until August 24.

Weather Plays A Role - Can You See Them In DC?

Get a lawn chair or some blankets, spray yourself with some mosquito repellant and take in as much sky as you can, focusing on a dark part of the sky. The meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye after midnight in areas without light pollution.

The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will be visible from October 2 to November 7 and is expected to peak on the night of Oct. 21-22.

The observatory opens from 8pm and visitors will have an opportunity to look through some of the largest historic telescope in the country at some fascinating celestial objects including, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Allow 30 minutes for you eyes to adjust to the darkness.

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