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Annual Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

12 Août 2018

We are coming up on the annual Perseid Meteor shower that peaks this weekend between August 11- 13.

The peak times for observing Perseid Meteors are the overnight periods this weekend on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

In addition, according to The Weather Network, the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD. But don't go longer than that, otherwise you'll pick up the rotation of the stars, which could block out streaks from shooting stars, Cooke said. An enjoyable number of meteors will be visible - and you can sleep late the next morning. This moon rises early, and its bright light has enabled many farmers working late into the night to bring in the harvest. However, just like people, each year's meteor shower exhibits its own personality.

Look toward the northern sky between the Perseus and Cassiopeia constellations.

Beech Fork State Park is throwing a Star Party beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Beech Fork headquarters, located on the campground side of the park.

Some years, you only see a few meteors from this event and others you see hundreds.

The Perseids are made up of pieces of space debris that originate from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Comet Swift-Tuttle is known as the single most unsafe object known to humanity. The particles from the comet collide with our atmosphere and disintegrate creating the shooting stars.

Perseids swiftly move across the sky at a speed of almost 40 miles per second.

Some years, such as 2016, saw between 150-200 meteors an hour.

Technically, we have been passing through this patch of debris since July 17 and will continue passing through it until August 24. According to NASA, the comet is 16 miles across - that's almost twice the size of the object presumed to have led to the demise of dinosaurs.

Can I only watch the peak? "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show". This will greatly increase the number of meteors seen.

Annual Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend