Weekend brings best time to view Perseids meteor shower

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Whatever your plans are this weekend, cancel them all, call up your loved ones, get in the brewskies, and cuddle under the night sky this evening - nature's about to put on a show.

Since it will be the brightest meteor shower in the year, you would not need any special equipment to watch it.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is set to reach its peak in India on the nights of August 12 and August 13.

You won't be able to see as many meteors when you're in a place with light pollution, which includes most of America. This matter is what makes for meteor showers, as they burn up, due to friction, while entering the Earth's atmosphere, making them look like shooting stars.


The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus which will be in the northeast sky.

Experts say the best views will be to the east, and observers should try to avoid built-up areas. 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.

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet.

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower. "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot. Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western US may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors.


-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness.

Where is the best place to view them?

A number of planets will also be highly visible.


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