Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

12 August, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Sherry Houston
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One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is probably best seen in North America from the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes region where skies should be clear.

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.

To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia.

Starting tonight and through the weekend, Shenandoah National Park will be hosting the "Night Sky Festival", with space-related activities, and a front row seat to a meteor shower.

Locally, Natural Bridge is offering an opportunity to watch the meteor shower between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

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This is the most famous of all meteor showers, and the Perseids never fail to provide an impressive display.

Not only is the forecast calling for clear skies, a lack of moonlight means they should be plenty dark as well, creating the ideal conditions. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

The shower will be visible to the naked eye. It averages about 60 meteors per hour. Your eyes would take about 20 minutes to get used to the darkness, and then you just need to be patient.

The best viewing will be away from city lights and other sources of light pollution. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky.

A number of planets will also be highly visible. But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine. But not to fret, as should you miss the bulk of the meteors this weekend, though the number per hour will drop off, some stragglers should hang around until August 24.

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