Garrett’s Blog: Perseid Meteor Shower

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One of the most visible meteor showers of the year takes place this week and the weather will be excellent for optimum viewing.

The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs annually as the Earth passes into space debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors can be seen all this week but the peak should occur before sunrise on Thursday morning in the northeast sky. Up to 100 meteors per hour will be possible.

The great thing this year is a New Moon will occur on the 14th of August. The lack of moonlight will reveal more meteors than in years past.

Lower humidity will arrive this week with more comfortable temperatures and few clouds; the weather this week is perfect for a meteor shower!

In Summary:

  • Visible all week, but peaks Wednesday night into Thursday around 3am
  • Look in the northeast direction & Zenith (literally the point right above you)
  • Avoid city lights, the farther you are away from light pollution the greater the number of meteors

-Garrett