Stargazing conditions prime for meteor shower

Stargazing conditions prime for meteor shower

During this period, a small number of meteors will streak across the starry skies. If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo.

This year will also be great for viewing because the moon's current phase is near new moon and won't flood the night sky with moonlight.

Scientists also say the best way to see it is in the dark with a wide view, and as far away from city lights as possible. Meteors should be viewable in nearly any direction.

The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August. Most of the weekend should stay dry through with highs topping out in the mid- to upper-80s both days though cooling along Lake Michigan.

Coming to a sky in the Northern Hemisphere is a dazzling show for stargazers: the Perseid meteor shower.


"The reason we see the Perseids is because the earth travels through the tail of a comet", Kat Kelly, an astronomer at Vancouver's H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, told On the Coast guest host Angela Sterritt.

The Perseids got their name because they appear to come out of the constellation Perseus to Earth. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere. Those with amateur telescopes may be able to see some ice caps on the planet and definitely some colouration, according to Kelly.

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. It averages about 60 meteors per hour.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface.

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