Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

LOOK UP! Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

The annual meteor will happen between the nights of August 11 to 12 and 12 to 13.

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs lasting up to a few seconds.

"The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August, and its fame comes from the fact that it reliably has the brightest and most numerous meteors".

The Perseids are already underway, though with lesser frequency than at their peak.

The shower gets it's name from Perseus where the shower originates. Saturn will be visible in the band of stars above Sagittarius and Mars will be out all night, hanging low in the southeast as the sky darkens.

The Perseids are debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The best weather conditions to see the Perseids are clear, cloudless skies.

The Perseid Meteor Shower should be spectacular this weekend for SW Montana with warm temperatures there is no excuse not to spend a little time staring up at the night sky to wish upon a passing meteor burning up in our atmosphere.

How can I see them?

What Is the Perseid Meteor Shower?

When is the best time to see it this year? To reduce light pollution from vehicles, visitors are asked to park at the Three Maidens Picnic Area and walk to the Visitor Center parking lot.

The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August. "You really have to get out in the country", he said. Sleeping bags, blankets and food and drink supplies can all help make for a more comfortable experience while you're out searching for shooting stars.

During the Perseid meteor shower, spectators will see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

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