Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday, Sunday nights

Pablo Tucker
August 11, 2018

When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors.

How can you see the meteor shower? If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.

No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

Weather will be flawless this weekend to view the Perseid meteor shower. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere.

It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.

"We have some favorable sky conditions for viewing coming up as we get towards the peak of it", said Ron Steve, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville. Make sure you have a dark area to view.

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 first light.

"Sky gazers just need to look to the northeast to observe the Perseid showers", Dr Marzouk suggested. Sunday night looks to be the best night with mainly clear skies overhead.

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

Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from. The shower got its name from the fact that the meteors seem to come from a single point in the constellation Perseus.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

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