Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 11, 2018

"The best instrument to use for any meteor shower is the unaided human eye, because you have the widest possible field of view". The show gets better further from the lights.

On a normal year the planet usually just grazes the actual debris trail of Swift-Tuttle, causing a few meteors to be visible per hour. The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower. A few clouds will pass by Saturday night, otherwise skies should be mostly clear.

So how dark should the sky be?

Look north to see more meteors. "Because Perseids have very long tails so you're going to see that to begin with".

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.

But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said.

But if you just look up while you're walking on the pavement, you still probably won't see them.

The photographs show the meteors leaving a stream of bright lights in their wake as they break through the atmosphere. Good luck out there, and if you get any good shots of the meteors, feel free to post them in the comments!

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