Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 Weather Forecast: Smoke May Screen Out Western US

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak late in the evening Saturday into early Sunday morning, though a similar show could be seen Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

The annual meteor shower will peak August 12-14, and should be visible each night.

While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn. It averages about 60 meteors per hour.

"Professional and amateur astronomers will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower this year because the Moon will be just two days old at the peak of the shower and hence will not appear in the sky at night". Stargazers will be able to see the falling debris as "shooting stars".

The Perseid meteor shower can be seen with the naked eye from places without light and environment pollution (clear sky), and darker places, from midnight to dawn.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so.

During this period, a small number of meteors will streak across the starry skies.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from.

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

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