A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

You can also catch a preview of the main event on August 9, as David will stream the sky from his location overnight.

One of the best sky shows of the year is coming this weekend.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most famous meteor showers of the year.

For the best views, Cooke recommends finding a dark place, away from any sources of light, and simply lying on your back and looking straight up. Be sure to check your local weather forecast. "You'll want to look northeast". It is a common misconception that you need to look at a specific area to see meteors.

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From years of observing, I've seen Perseids streak across the sky as early as the first week of July to as late as the final week of August. This creates the meteor shower, or the appearance of "shooting stars".


The Perseids can be witnessed in the northern sky whenever the meteors enter Earth's atmosphere throughout the day. Meteors can be seen any time after dark, but most are expected during the pre dawn hours. If you live in NY then you're kind of screwed and will have to settle with watching the livestream online.

He said the key to getting the best show is "to take in as much sky as possible".

A tent stands out against the starlit sky during the Perseid meteor shower on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas. The Earth will pass through the densest part of the comet's trail on August 12th, meaning more meteors will be present during this event. Over time, they will orbit the Sun along that same elliptical path. "The Earth can pass into this dust and the tiny particles hit the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and burn up causing a flash of a meteor".

The showers are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction from which they come in the sky lies in the same radiant as Perseus.

It is a known fact that stars are better viewed in a dark night's sky. Jupiter, Saturn and, last but not least, Mars will follow, sweeping in the east at about 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. respectively. However, just like people, each year's meteor shower exhibits its own personality.

Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016.

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