Look up this weekend for annual meteor shower

Cristina Cross
August 11, 2018

"Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".

-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting.

Experts are of the view that on an average around 100 meteors may be seen per hour.

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.

This weekend we'll have a new moon, and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. It's best seen in dark skies after 10pm, with more meteors closer to dawn. All you have to do is look up into the night sky with as many as 60 meteors per hour.

Lake Afton Public Observatory, 25000 W. 39th Street South in Goddard, will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, where visitors can look through the telescope to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and potentially Venus.

Meteors in general are small particles of dust - some as small as grains of sand - entering the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

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StormCenter 2 Severe Weather Specialist Brad Spakowitz says the meteors are remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle. 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.

And in some places, a sky free from clouds will not automatically mean a good view for the meteors.

-Get away from city lights.

Remember: areas without urban light are the best and your eyes may take some time to get used to the darkness before you can see the show.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower.

What is the best way for you to watch this year?

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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