Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

Where can you see the Perseid meteor shower?

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.

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 Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year.

Leftover clouds from any daytime storms may get in the way of our view at night.

Experts are of the view that on an average around 100 meteors may be seen per hour.

This weekend we'll have a new moon, and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower.

This is why some stargazers have managed to snap images of stars shooting across the sky.


The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus which will be in the northeast sky. National Weather Service projections from the office in Louisville show tonight will be partly cloudy and less than ideal, but Saturday and Sunday night will be mostly clear.

Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun, each time leaving behind a trail consisting of trillions of little pieces of debris. The friction created as they pass through causes the air around the meteor to heat up, resulting in a brief and bright streak of light. In contrast, clouds, showers and scattered thunderstorms will thwart prospective meteor watchers in a swath extending from the southern Great Plains northeast through the Carolinas, the Middle Atlantic states and on up into the so-called "Northeast Corridor", running from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights.

What is the best way for you to watch this year?

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

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