Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend
You won't even need a telescope to observe the nearly 80 "shooting stars" per hour during the 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaks on Aug. 11-12.
According to Astronomy.com, the Perseid Meteor shower has some added bonuses this year: it will occur on a night when the moon is in its waning crescent phase, which means the moonlight won't interfere with your view of the dashing meteors, and it's on a Saturday night, which means people can stay up late and sleep in the next day.
You don't even need a telescope. Just spread out a blanket, maybe a late-night picnic, lay back and enjoy!
Perseid Meteor Trivia:
- These meteors travel 37 miles per second!
- The best time to view will be 2 a.m. on Aug. 12.
- The weather in the local area, so far, is predicted to be clear, so you should have a good view.
- The Perseid Meteors are cast-offs of the Swift-Tuttle comet, according to Space.com.
- The shower began on July 23, and will peak the night of Aug. 11-12.
- Look toward the Perseus constellation, which forms an inverted "Y" shape and is in the northeast.
- Some of the meteroids are as small as a grain of sand, but they have the kinetic energy of a nuclear bomb!
- If you see a very slow, bright object sailing across the sky, it's either a satellite or a Space Station.
If you snap a great photo of the shower, upload it to our Pics and Clips!