Look Up, Sky Watchers: The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Coming

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 5, 2017

Like past year, scientists are expecting enhanced rates of meteors with this shower.

But will it be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history? Under the right conditions, sky watchers could observe up to 50 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower lights up the sky every year when Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. Hopefully, you will be willing to stay up extra late or wake up really early if you want to witness this sight. Nope, not even close, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

Conversely, experts are expecting rates of about 150 meteors per hour for the Perseids this year.

Peak performance happens on August 12. Unlike with the upcoming eclipse, you won't need special equipment to view the meteor shower. The best thing to do is to go outside on the evenings before or after the peak on August 12, give your eyes about 45 minutes to adjust to the darkness, lie down, and look straight up into the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is called as such because it appears to be flying out from the constellation Perseus.

"Many consider themselves lucky if they catch a shooting star, but the Perseid meteor shower is one of the best opportunities to see them with the naked eye", said Elissa Buck, a DNR event coordinator.

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