Annual Perseids Show peaks this weekend

Perseid meteor activity 2013 in Ontario Canada

The Perseids will peak this weekend between the 12th and 13th, when moonless nights will make for an especially dark sky. The meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 11 and 12). But living in the Northwest means that many local elements are potentially conspiring against our view, including overcast skies, a bright moon, and smoke from surrounding wildfires. The shower begins to peak on Friday, and the busiest stretch and the best viewing, according to NASA, will be from midnight Sunday through the predawn hours of Monday. The Perseid are essentially a collection of dust and small rocks left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.

Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers.

If people know where Cassiopeia - a W-shaped constellation in the northeast sky - is located, they can find the Perseid meteors just below it beginning about 11 p.m. Saturday night. The number will then start to diminish, though higher-than-average meteor activity associated with the Perseids should be visible through August 24. 7×7 has a great writeup of the best places in the Bay Area for stargazingincluding Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, Lands End in San Francisco, Mt. Hamilton in San Jose, the Chabot Space Center in the Berkeley Hills (which has free telescope stargazing events on most Fridays and Saturdays) and many others. As always, it's best to get away from light pollution and head far away from city centers.




Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see?

While stars and star clusters are Twarog's specialty, he said he appreciates how the meteor showers light up the summer sky and anyone can appreciate the celestial wonder.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

Dr. Auld says that if you have several people together, a lot of the times two people will say oh there's one, but they're pointing in completely separate directions because there's more than one at the same moment. "These meteors will strike the atmosphere at around 60 kilometres per second and cause long streaks which completely vapourize".

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