Look up this weekend for annual meteor shower

12 August, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Emilio Conner
  • This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

It's made up of trillions of tiny particles left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. All you have to do is look up into the night sky with as many as 60 meteors per hour. And the weather forecast looks good, with a partly cloudy sky expected.

According to NASA, just because this weekend is the peak of the meteor shower doesn't mean they can't be seen afterward. "So this one has about a 133 year orbit around the solar system, around the sun". Most of the meteors in the Perseids are much too small for that; they're about the size of a grain of sand. But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine.

"We have some favorable sky conditions for viewing coming up as we get towards the peak of it", said Ron Steve, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville. "We'll be there with the Sudbury Astronomy Club". He has been building telescopes to observe planets and stars.

The meteors will radiate from one central location in the northeast section of the sky, known as the constellation Perseus, from which they take their name.

While there will be a couple of telescopes on site, Robillard said the best way to see the shower is with the naked eye.

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The club's president Katie Rink says the Perseid meteor shower's peak coincides with the new moon. Bright city lights might still obscure some of the more interesting parts of the show.

If you happen to be camping at a Provincial Park you likely picked the best weekend of the year.

Organizers say the planets Mars and Saturn will also be visible throughout the night as well as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Lagoon Nebula, and many handsome star clusters. The best times for viewing will occur on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with peak hours lasting from 10 p.m. EST straight through dawn. Sunday night looks to be the best night with mainly clear skies overhead. The friction created as they pass through causes the air around the meteor to heat up, resulting in a brief and bright streak of light.

The shower will be especially dramatic in areas with low light pollution and after midnight, though there is a good chance of seeing shooting stars from 9.30pm onwards. It will be warm and humid, with scattered showers and thunderstorms around during the afternoon and evening.

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