Perseid Meteor Shower 2019: How to see it in MI this weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower 2019: How to see it in MI this weekend

The meteor shower will be broadcast from Huntsville, Alabama, which is home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

If you've got binoculars or a small telescope, you might spot Jupiter and some of its moons. What this means is that the flawless night to watch the Perseids event might be before it reaches its peak on August 11th. This is the easy part. Bundle up in a sleeping bag and lay back on a lawn chair to save your neck, while you gaze for meteors.

The meteors are dust from Comet Swift-Tuttle, and they appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, hence the name.

The remaining areas of pristine sky in the contiguous continental United States.

Researchers have unveiled a light pollution map of the US, revealing the locations of some of the few places in the country where you can still find "pristine" skies. An image from NASA during a previous Perseid meteor shower shows how most appear to originate from the same point, but a few others cross the sky in a different direction. "However, there are so many meteors during this shower, don't hesitate to view during the evening", Samuhel said.

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Actually, avoiding all light sources is the best way to ensure you can see the meteors. DarkSiteFinder is a great website to use to help find a good spot. Burnaby Mountain and West Vancouver's Whytecliff Park also offer little light pollution close to the city.

Where do Perseids come from? .

Perseids are debris particles caused by the comet Swift - Tuttle, igniting in Earth's atmosphere and looking a lot like falling stars. Its nucleus measures 16 miles across, that's more than twice the size of the one scientists believe killed off the dinosaurs according to NASA.

As the comet travels on its 133-year orbit, debris crashes into our atmosphere at 212,000 kilometres per hour and reaches temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees.

Weather permitting, the NASA live stream will run all through the night before wrapping up the following day. While the bright moon is a bummer, remember, it only takes one fireball to make your night. Shooting stars streaking across the night sky will best be seen between midnight and dawn starting Friday and into the weekend, even though the light show won't likely peak until Tuesday.

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