Friday, 17 August, 2018

Weekend brings best time to view Perseids meteor shower

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect Yahoo News explains: Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?
Doris Mccormick | 11 August, 2018, 21:53

As long as you're willing to be patient and work with any clouds floating around, skies should start to clear out Saturday night.

The most prime viewing will take place on Sunday night, anytime after 10pm through the overnight. To see it in NYC, you'll want to go to a place with minimal surrounding light pollution, such as rooftops or open fields like Central Park.

The Perseid meteors are smaller pieces, or debris, of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which was named after the astronomers who discovered it.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke calls the Perseids the most popular meteor shower of the year.

-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. The meteors, it's said, rain like sparks from his blade. But when comets come close to the heat of the Sun, their ice melts and the remaining matter (the meteoroids) is left behind in the orbit of the comet.

You'll need to let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

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.

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Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

What is the best way for you to watch this year?

This year, Europe and North America will have the best views.

Get out of the city, away from street lights.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase.

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