Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower?

09 August, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Even the dimmest of meteors should be visible, assuming you can find a sufficiently dark place to watch from.

What Do I Need to See the Perseid Meteor Shower?

Comets are large, icy solar system bodies.

A meteor is a rock or debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere. On his website, he explains that most of the particles are about the size of a grain of sand, but pieces that are pea-gravel-sized can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground. A meteorite is any part of the meteoroid that survives and lands on Earth.

EarthSky also says that it is important to know that all meteors come from a single point in the sky.

Meteors of the Perseid meteor shower in 2017.

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Possibly the best meteor shower this year will streak across the sky Saturday and Sunday nights.

This week, the possibility of seeing shooting stars increases significantly, as we run up to the zenith of the annual Perseids meteor shower. "Don't worry about which stars are Perseus". Although not an outburst year (150-200 meteors per hour) spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour this weekend. The number of shooting stars will increase daily until August 12, when the meteor shower reaches its peak. It takes 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, so the longer you wait, the more you will see!

The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August.

Meteor enthusiasts in Chicago have two factors working against them: the bright city lights and the moon, which will be shining in its crescent form during the overnight hours of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13 when the meteor shower passes by.

Interested in astronomy? Stay up to date by joining Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's monthly Astronomy Club.

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