See the Perseid Meteor Shower at Wildwood State Park

Pablo Tucker
August 11, 2019

Meteor showers are celestial events in which several meteors can be seen in the night sky appearing to originate from a single point. The Perseid meteor shower happens annually but is known for being reliable and having plenty of shooting stars so you are more likely to see a bright flash or some that even look like fireworks.

NWS meteorologist Lee Hendricks says Sunday night into early Monday morning is expected to yield clear skies, though. Numerous meteors leave a glittering trail as they pass, according to AccuWeather Astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel. Each shower is named for the constellation or bright star from which the meteors seem to radiate.

This year, the meteor shower will peak in the night between Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13.

WA's outback skies will put on a show next week as a popular annual meteor shower reaches its peak.

The Delta Aquariids are often overshadowed by the Perseids, a much more reliable meteor shower that's active around the same time of year.

Everyone is invited to the Saturday, Aug. 10 meeting of the Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit Science Center (3141 Fifth Davis) starting at 7:30 p.m. The full moon will drown out the fainter ones, leaving only the bright ones. While the rate then will be only about a quarter of the peak rate (12 to 25 meteors per hour), the moon will set about 50 minutes earlier, which means an additional 50 minutes of dark, moonless skies.

The Perseids come to an end this year on August 24. If they get close enough to be attracted by Earth's gravity, they enter the upper atmosphere at high speeds, where they vaporize due to friction with air molecules.

The International Space Station got an excellent Perseid show back in 2011. But we won't have to worry about Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth. Some warm food and drink will also help keep you comfortable. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers' Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News in New York's lower Hudson Valley.

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