Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

An estimated 60 to 70 meteors will soar through the sky per hour on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. The Perseids peak during mid-August. The days before and after the peak will provide dark skies to see the shower, because NASA says the new moon will fall near the peak night.

If weather allows, you'll be able to see the best meteor shower of the year this weekend.

The Perseid Meteor Shower should be spectacular this weekend for SW Montana with warm temperatures there is no excuse not to spend a little time staring up at the night sky to wish upon a passing meteor burning up in our atmosphere.

A meteor is a rock or debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere.

Know that the meteors all come from a single point in the sky.

Where to look? Look to the North-NE and find the constellation Perseus and most meteorites will appear to come from the top of this constellation.

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The Perseids will be most visible in the Northern Hemisphere and clearest during pre-dawn hours, according to NASA.

This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year.

According to Sky and Telescope, Meteor showers usually peak during the predawn hours of the peak dates, though they're often active a few nights before and after the peak date. At this time, you will be able to see the most shooting stars.

What Do I Need to See the Perseid Meteor Shower?

The best thing to do is go to a dark area, like the suburbs or a more rural area.

It will take about 15 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness, the best night to see them will be both Saturday night and Sunday night.

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