The above illustration was created by NASA.
One of the better meteor showers is getting ready to peak. The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks around August 12th, but this year it will be contending with a full moon. Even worse, it’s a “SUPER MOON”, which is really just a full moon when it is closer to the Earth than usual. And, this one just happens to be THE brightest of the year. So . . . start looking this weekend!
Even though the peak is a week from now, producing between 50-100 meteors per hour, this weekend should still produce some good sightings, so try and set aside some time to do this. It’s summer, the weather is warm and the kids don’t have school on Sunday. Unfortunately, the best time to see them would be just before dawn. However, I am pretty sure if you are out around 11-ish, you may be able to see a few and that’s all that really matters.
The Perseids occur when the Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle as it continues through it’s 133 year orbit. They appear to originate from the constellation of Perseus, hence the name, which will be located from north-northeast part of the sky.
Take this as a call to get out and try your luck at Meteor-Finding!