Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

11 Agosto, 2018, 07:37 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

This weekend we'll have a new moon, and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Around this time every year, Earth ventures into the wake of an ancient comet called Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind trillions of particles.

This year forecasters say we could see anywhere from 60-70 meteors per hour but during outburst years (like 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors per hour.

"The Perseids are the biggest show of meteor showers that you can see in the Northern Hemisphere", says Kelly.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

A Perseid meteor streaks over Starfest, a stargazing party held annually in southwestern Ontario, in 2014.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch.

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The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126.

A number of planets will also be highly visible. Those with amateur telescopes may be able to see some ice caps on the planet and definitely some colouration, according to Kelly.

Lake Afton Public Observatory, 25000 W. 39th Street South in Goddard, will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, where visitors can look through the telescope to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and potentially Venus. "So that's the way you can tell", Kelly said. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

"It's also nice to go to a park or a beach ... somewhere that is secluded".

On the evening of Aug.12 to the morning of Aug.13, stargazers will see the best show the Perseid Meteor Shower has to offer.

The shower will be visible to the naked eye.



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