How You Can Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

August 9, 2018 0 Comments

Heads up! One of the more prominent meteor showers of the year will peak this weekend. Here’s how you can watch the Perseids.

This meteor shower is caused by Earth entering the debris field left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle and it was first discovered in the 1830s. It gets its name thanks to the constellation Perseus. If you can track when these meteors come from, it looks like they are emerging from that constellation.

The peak for the meteor shower will be Sunday night into Monday, but meteors can be seen during the few nights before and after the peak. This year, we’ll see upward of 60-70 meteors per hour during the peak. Expect lower numbers during any other night.

To view this meteor shower, all you have to do is find a dark place and look up! You won’t need any special equipment like telescopes or binoculars. The best time will be around midnight into the early morning hours.

Luckily for us, we should have good viewing conditions. We may see some cloud cover tonight and a few clouds tomorrow night, but mainly clear skies are in the forecast Saturday night through Monday night.

-Chief Meteorologist Brian Walder

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