How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 10, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12, into the wee hours of the morning on August 13.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, with the peak night for the shooting stars falling on Sunday, August 12th, and into the early hours of Monday.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower, then it's worth finding a dark location; light pollution will inhibit your view of the meteor shower. But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires.

The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet.

People can view the meteors streaming across the sky anywhere away from downtown Lawrence. Though the shower hasn't yet reached its peak, observers have already reported spotting short bursts of high meteor activity (15 meteors per minute) at times, as well as significant meteor activity (~100) over several hours.

While stars and star clusters are Twarog's specialty, he said he appreciates how the meteor showers light up the summer sky and anyone can appreciate the celestial wonder.

"So every year when the Earth orbits the sun and passes through that debris field you get this stream of particles that pass into the atmosphere and gives you this meteor shower", Twarog said.

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Perseids meteor shower, including how and where to watch them. When it last passed by in 1992, this comet left a trail of stony grit, NASA reported. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth. Go there and give your eyes 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

The shooting stars will look like streaks of light across the sky.

The good news is you will be able to see them with the naked eye. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

Perseids radiate from and are named after an upside down "V" shaped constellation called Perseus.

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