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Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?
11 August 2018, 04:20 | Justin Tyler
This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect
If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north.
To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia. Both nights this weekend will be great to view the meteor shower and the best viewing will be after midnight Saturday and Sunday.
"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". The meteor shower will peak this year on August 12th to get out and enjoy the view while you can.
Most of the state should experience clear to mostly clear skies each night. This year is an excellent one for the Perseids, because they will reach their maximum on a new moon weekend; without any bright moonlight, skywatchers will be able to see many fainter streaks.
"We have some favorable sky conditions for viewing coming up as we get towards the peak of it", said Ron Steve, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere.