Tips to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Tips to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Gianluca Masi, director of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, told the Perseid shower is something no astronomer would want to miss.

The Perseid shower occurs each year as the Earth barrels through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, Aug. 12, into the early morning of Monday, Aug. 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Boyle says, "It is best to head out of town to enjoy the dark skies with the attractive Milky Way stretching from the south and continuing overhead". Star Chart and Sky Map are two of the best, and both use your phone's sensors to give you a virtual overview of the night sky.

"If you can get away from the city lights and look up, anywhere that you look in the sky you'd be able to see some meteors", Schmoll said. The shower is known for its large quantity of meteors, including the possibility of bright fireballs. Let is know in the comments. Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

The Perseids are named after their radiant point of origin in the constellation Perseus. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky. It takes 20-30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, and the meteors come in spurts and lulls; so the longer you wait, the more you'll see. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event.

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