Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

You can also catch a preview of the main event on August 9, as David will stream the sky from his location overnight.

"There won't be much cloud cover", Walters said.

The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The good news is you will be able to see them with the naked eye. Don't have time to wait another 107 years for it to come back?

If you want a better view by getting away from light pollution, there will be a Night Walk 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, where its $3 per vehicle.

Why does a meteor shower occur?

"Comets are spectacular and handsome and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".

Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers). Each time the comet swings by (most recently in 1992), it drops trillions of tiny pieces of itself into our inner solar system. The meteors will appear to originate in the northeast sky. He suggests grabbing a lawn chair and heading to Clinton Lake or anywhere a few miles outside of town where the sky is dark.

"They are basically rocks", he said. It is important to note that the constellation for which a meteor shower is named is not the source of the meteors, it is simply in the same direction. Although the peak occurs this weekend, the Perseids are visible for several nights after that.

So if you're lucky enough to have a chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower, it sounds like you'll be in for a spectacular night of skywatching.

However, according to NASA, the night before August 11-12, will also be stunning.

The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

"It's just attractive", Twarog said.

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