LOOK UP: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

The stars are aligning for anyone interested in watching the Perseid meteor shower this weekend. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase. The moonless-sky will make for the almost ideal viewing conditions. Let your eyes adjust, and wait.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks Saturday night and Sunday night.

"Perseids are also known for their fireballs", NASA writes. "Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness".

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

Around this time every year, Earth ventures into the wake of an ancient comet called Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind trillions of particles. Though already underway, as Earth moves further into a cloud of debris left from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last passed us in 1992 and should stop by again in 2126, the number of meteors will quickly ramp up.

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking.

The U.S. Forest Service and Timberline Lodge are holding a free stargazing event in the Salmon River Parking Lot on August 11, starting with a presentation by astronomy professor Dr. Tom Duncan at 8:30 p.m. Volunteers will provide telescopes for the public to use throughout the evening.

This year will also be great for viewing because the moon's current phase is near new moon and won't flood the night sky with moonlight. Online observatory Slooh.com will be hosting a special broadcast on YouTube starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 12th. Steve recommended those who want to watch the shower avoid cities or places subject to light pollution.

Experts say the best views will be to the east, and observers should try to avoid built-up areas.

There, you will find listings for over 150 National Weather Service forecast offices in the United States, including in Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

Lie on your back and take in as much of the night sky as possible.

Be prepared to stay outside for at least an hour. It averages about 60 meteors per hour. Some of these will be faint and some will be bright streaks.

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

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