Perseid Meteor Shower Peak Is Wednesday Night
Two things you can always count on in August, it's hot and the Perseid Meteor Shower. The nice thing is there are no worries about masks or social distancing. Just step outside, chew off a piece of air, relax and watch the shooting stars. One of the great things about his year is the moon should only be about 5% full, known as a "Waxing Cresent Moon" and will set at 10:21 PM, which means a darker sky and more opportunity to see more meteors. The best time to watch is after midnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
This Should Be A Good One
The Perseid shower should produce around 60-80 meteors per hour and may produce up to 100 per hour.
The Perseid shower is named that because the meteors appear to emanate from the Perseus Constellation. In actuality, the earth is flying through the debris field of comet Swift-Tuttle.
For Best Viewing
- Look to the north then gaze pretty much straight up.
- Go to an area that has the least light pollution, the further away from city lights the better.
- Your eyes can take up to 20 minutes to fully adjust to the darkness so you should plan on at least an hours worth of meteor shower watching to get a good show.
- Put down your phone... The one thing you have to avoid during that time is looking at your phone. Every time you look at the bright screen on your phone/tablet your eyes will have to re-adjust to the darkness.
Remember, it's ok to unplug for an hour and just kick back and watch the stars.