Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 to Peak Friday and Saturday
12 August, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Archie Newman
With all the talk about the Great American Eclipse, you may have forgotten to put this on your calendar: The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend. Large parks and areas in cities where streetlights are shielded by trees affer meteor-sighting opportunities as well, but you can see the brighter ones from nearly anywhere, including back yards.
This year's Perseid Meteor Shower has fallen victim to a false story or rumor that claimed this year's shower would be "the brightest in human history".
"This is not much better than a full moon and will certainly pose a challenge in viewing the Perseids this year". The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society. "To alleviate this problem one could try to view the display before the moon rises, which would be approximately 23:00 local summer time on the evening of the 11th", the IMO said. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), a bright moon can obstruct the shower and this year, the moon will have waned to around 80% illumination by 12 August. Get to higher ground so you can see more of the sky, increasing your chances for watching as many fiery meteors as possible fly by.
Saturday night, we still have rain lingering into early Sunday along with some clouds, so that leaves Sunday night being the best night to view these for most of New England.
This photos shows where to look for the Perseids meteor shower.
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"At best, they outburst from a normal rate between 80 and 100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", Bill Cooke, an astronomer at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Ala., said in a blog post.
"It lasts for a couple of days so you can see it today, tomorrow and possibly even the next day", said Cobb.
"We hit that meteor debris trail every year about the same time", Stunder said. Once these bits of comet debris hit Earth's atmosphere, the meteors are heated to almost 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once you've found your spot, look to the north to see the meteors seemingly radiating out of the constellation Perseus, which is where the meteors get their name.
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