The Perseid meteors are one of the highlights of summer. Remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Earth passes through this debris field every August, a reliable annual event lighting up August nights. On a good clear night, over 100 meteors have been reported in an hour!
This meteor shower also comes at peak vacation time in the Northern Hemisphere. Many people plan camping trips to see the spectacular sight of meteors streaking across the sky. Cooler nights and clear skies are wonderful for skywatching.
The Perseid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, which rises in the northeast around 11 p.m. in mid-August. You can read more about the Perseid meteors at Universe Today here and at EarthSky here..
Dark skies are best for watching the Perseids, but very bright meteors can be seen even with the city lights. The lakefront could offer a fine view.
Peak dates for the Perseids this year are August 12, 13, and 14. The best time to look for them is between midnight and dawn. This year, the moon is a thin waning crescent so moonlight won’t overwhelm the meteor shower. Bring binoculars if you wish, but you don’t really need them. Don’t forget a sweatshirt and some snacks. Enjoy the show!
You can also watch a webcast of the Perseid meteors on Wednesday night (August 12) courtesy of NASA and Space.com. Here is the link. In addition to the sky show, there will be commentary from meteor experts from the American Meteor Society.
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