For your best view, watch for the Perseid Meteor shower between midnight & dawn, starting Thursday evening
Are you looking to watch the Perseid Meteor shower? Here’s what you need to know:
What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?
Thursday evening, the sky will have some new objects to take a look at. The annual Perseid Meteor shower will offer stargazers an exciting show. So what is the Perseid Meteor shower?
Here’s some info from NASA’s Bill Cooke – Head of the Meteoroid Environment Office, as told to NPR:
“Every Perseid meteor is a tiny piece of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years. Each swing through the inner solar system can leave trillions of small particles in its wake. When Earth crosses paths with Swift-Tuttle’s debris, specks of comet-stuff hit Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they seem to fly out of the constellation Perseus.”
Tips from NASA on how best to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower
TL:DR – Perseid Meteor shower viewing tips
- Stay away from bright lights if possible.
- Give your eyes up to 45 minutes to adjust to the dark.
- Drink some coffee ahead of time to help you stay up late.
WATCH: More info on the Perseid Meteor shower and other cool astronomical sights
As reported by NPR, If you are in a big city with lots of light – which could make it tough to see the meteors – NASA says there will still be strong meteor activity on both Friday and Saturday. NASA will also have a livestream.
Read more about the Perseid Meteor shower
- NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/10/489491194/this-years-perseid-meteor-shower-is-going-to-be-quite-a-show-heres-how-to-watch
- SPACE: http://www.space.com/33606-planets-dance-with-the-moon-and-perseid-rain-in-august-2016-skywatching-video.html