Don't miss the meteor shower

Christopher Davidson
August 10, 2018

As of this writing it appears as though there may be some clouds and perhaps even some rain showers over parts of southeast MA on Saturday and early Sunday. And there's no need to worry about an overly bright moon.

This year's show is predicted to be an "average" show by Perseid standards, with as many as 50-60 meteors per hour at peak. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 p.m.to Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead". However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an incredible light show. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

According to Jolene Creighton at Quarks to Quasars, the meteors you'll be able to see during the meteor shower's peak each hour will be blasting into Earth's atmosphere at speeds of around 209,000 kilometres per hour (130,000 miles per hour). Along with the showers, there's also a chance stargazers will catch a view of the Milky Way stretching from the south, along with Saturn and Mars. Telling which is which shouldn't be an issue.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.

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Perhaps you might remember an wonderful meteor show back in the early 1990s?

Where are the best places to go to see the Perseid meteor shower?

The meteors strike our atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour and create vivid streaks of light when they burn up.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.

"The Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower because they're a summer watching event when people are often more relaxed, kids don't have to be up early for school, and the weather is so much more accommodating than in the colder fall or winter months", Dr. Jacqueline Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, tells TIME.

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