Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year. Under ideal conditions, we could see anywhere from 60 to 70 meteors per hour. Sunday night looks to be the best night with mainly clear skies overhead.

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend over Mid-Michigan! This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12.

Most of the state should experience clear to mostly clear skies each night. If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.

Leftover clouds from any daytime storms may get in the way of our view at night.

Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun, each time leaving behind a trail consisting of trillions of little pieces of debris. When the Earth approaches the stream of debris, the Perseid meteor shower appears. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

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

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.

The short answer is, if you find a dark spot away from the streetlights and get your eyes adjusted, weather permitting, you might be able to see some.

During this period, a small number of meteors will streak across the starry skies. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower? If bad weather does spoil your view, you can also watch the Perseid meteor shower live here on Sunday (Aug. 12) starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), courtesy of the online observatory Slooh.com.

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

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