The summer show has arrived but is not in your local cinema. The Perseid meteor shower returns each July-August. Astronomers can enjoy the last few weeks of sweltering heat outdoors by looking up at the night sky.
Perseus is most active from her July 17th to August 24th, according to NASA. This year's peak is expected to be August 11-13, when the most meteors cross the sky.
Depending on where you are in the northern hemisphere, you can see up to 40 meteors per hour during peak hours.
The Perseid meteor shower is a fragment of Comet Swift-Tuttle. When the Earth passes a comet each summer, debris from swifts creates shooting stars in the sky. According to NASA, our planet is unlikely to hit a comet anytime soon.
The most important thing you need to see a meteor shower is a clear sky above you. The second most important viewing condition is a dark sky away from light pollution. If you live in a big city, consider going to a state or national park where you can camp overnight. But no matter where you live and you can go outside, let your eyes adjust to the darkness for a few minutes before looking up. This includes putting down your cell phone.
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Unfortunately, the full moon in August It happens on the 11th. You can put a damper on the view.
"Unfortunately, this year's Perseus peak will be the worst for observers," posted NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. 39}. "Most of us in North America usually see 50 or 60 meteors in an hour," he said.
Another thing against the Perseus Mountains this year and most of the summer is the active pattern of southwest and southeast thunderstorms typical of this time of year.
Where is the best place to see the Perseid meteor shower?
Looking at this week's cloud cover forecast, the southeastern And parts of the Mid-Atlantic will have trouble finding shooting stars.
Over the course of the week, the Midwest and upper Central Plains will see little to no clouds in the night sky.
Friday is the expected peak of the meteor shower. Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska offer the best views of the meteor showers with clear skies and low light pollution.
Friday and Saturday nights are forecast to be mostly cloudless, making Seattle a good time for sky gazing.
No matter where you live, the Perseid meteor shower will continue until his August 24th. You have plenty of time to adjust the weather forecast to favor your sky-gazing.
If you plan to observe the meteor shower on a specific day, add the date using the FOX Weather App Planning tab and Get the latest forecast. for your viewing event.