Above the Smoke - Perseid Meteor Shower is This Weekend

  • Above the Smoke - Perseid Meteor Shower is This Weekend

Above the Smoke - Perseid Meteor Shower is This Weekend

The Perseid Meteor shower will be at its peak this weekend with the best viewing of the shower being tonight into Saturday and Saturday night into Sunday.

Most sky watchers are already looking forward to the upcoming Perseid meteor shower display, which is expected to peak on August 12, especially since reports of it being "the brightest shower in recorded human history" have surfaced, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration begs to disagree. "At best, they outburst from a normal rate between 80-100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", he says in a statement.

That means you will see the greatest number of meteors in the shortest amount of time tonight and Saturday night.

No. Give your eyes around 20 minutes to adjust to the night sky then look up and wait.

"It's hard to predict for sure, but they are thinking about 150 meteors an hour".

The Perseids can be seen every year when Earth passes through the trail of the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

It gets its name from the constellation Perseus as it looks like it originates at the same point in the sky as the constellation.

Professional astronomer Shahrin Ahmad said to see the meteor shower, one has to go to a place with minimal light pollution. Though the meteors will appear to fall at about half the rate as prior years, viewers can still expect to see around 40 to 50 meteors per hour. The Perseid meteor shower started mid-July and will go on through August 24.

It's not expected that any of the meteors from the Perseid shower will hit the ground on Earth.

"This time it will be better to watch before midnight as the Moon rises a bit later". The meteors are actually tiny dust and particles from the tail of the comet as it orbits around the sun.

But don't despair. "T$3 he good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs; otherwise the moon would really mess with them", Cooke tells Lewin.

To increase your chances of seeing this particular meteor shower, look towards the northeast part of the night sky, away from city lights. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest auto is capable of travelling.

It's going to be a cloudy and possibly stormy evening in Southwestern Pennsylvania, said Lee Hendricks of the National Weather Service in Moon Township.