This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend August 12th-13th.

Look to the north or northeast initially, and then more northeast or east after midnight.

Even if you find ideal urban viewing conditions, there are a lot of other factors that can affect whether you see meteors, including whether the sky is clear and the properties of meteors themselves.

The moon light won't fade them out either, because there will only be a sliver left in as it approaches the new moon stage. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch. Most of the weekend should stay dry through with highs topping out in the mid- to upper-80s both days though cooling along Lake Michigan.

One paper from 1956 found that numerous meteors were brighter than a magnitude of 5, and many brighter than a magnitude of 3. The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere. However, sometimes the planet Jupiter affects what can be seen on Earth.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said. Meteor outbursts last happened in 2009 and 2016.

Perseid meteor travel at 132,000 mph, or over 36 miles per second.

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet.

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