Perseid Meteor Shower Peaking This Weekend
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be reaching its peak this upcoming Saturday and Sunday! The Perseid Meteor Shower was named after the constellation Perseus. If you trace all of the meteors backwards, they seem to come from this constellation. The event occurs from Earth passing through the debris of Comet Swift Tuttle from July 17 to August 24. The peak occurs when Earth travels through the “dustiest” area, which will occur on August 11 through August 13 this year.
During the cosmic event, meteors will be streaming the sky at about one meteor per minute. That equates to about 60 to 70 per hour. There are occasional outbursts which can produce 150 to 200 meteors per hour. To best see this phenomenon, let your eyes adjust outside for at least 30 minutes. Also, be sure to sit back and relax! The event will be occurring all night. You’ll just have to wait until the sun sets to enjoy!
While this meteor shower happens every summer, we don’t always have the best of luck with weather! This year, skies will be clear to mostly clear with temperatures in the low 50s to low 60s! In addition, the moon will be a thin crescent. Therefore, the light of the moon will not over-power the night sky. You’ll want to step away from the city lights to see the meteor shower this weekend.
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