Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Gwen Vasquez
August 11, 2018

In fact, you can expect to see between fifty to a hundred meteors an hour in places where the sky is very dark.

Just bear in mind you will not see as many shooting stars this early as you would during the peak.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower.

She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views.

ASTRONOMY Ireland is asking members of the public all across the 32 counties to watch the best meteor shower of the year "The Perseids" and count how many they see every 15 minutes.

According to the United States space agency, the Perseids are well known for their speed and brightness. "What happens over time is you get the comet and also this huge debris field which exists spread out along the entire orbit", Twarog said.

When observed from the Earth the meteors only appear to be bursting out from the constellation but in reality the Perseus has no bearing on the Swift-Tuttle debris. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady. It is time to prepare for the Perseid meteor shower.

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Cooke said the first shooting stars will appear around 10:30 p.m. local time on August 12 and will come with increasing frequency as the night progresses.

You can help find a dark enough spot near you, using this atlas of artificial sky brightness.

"This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight", Cooke also told Space.com. But even if you can't step outside a couple hours before the sun comes up, it's worth checking the sky in the late evening and early morning.

High pressure over the Upper Mississippi River Valley will aid in clear, overnight skies and comfortable low temperatures for mid-Missouri in the middle 60s.

This is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by our planet.

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks. It will take about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust, and the longer you wait outside, the more meteors you'll see.

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