Perseid meteor shower coming to a sky near you this weekend

On average at its peak, we could see 30-40 meteors per hour.

The watch party is scheduled to last until 11 p.m. Parking at the state park will cost $5.

The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light.

The Perseid meteor shower is a yearly event that happens when the Earth passes through the debris field left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The peak time for Perseid watching will be Saturday night and before dawn on Sunday, but the meteors may already be making an appearance.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke recommends planning to spend a few hours outside.

Astronomers have projected a possibly slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America.

There is a meteor shower likely coming to the sky near you this weekend, think of it as a sky watching warm up for the August 21 eclipse.

On a clear night, you can see the meteors.

The Perseids originate at a point near the constellation Perseus, but that is not essential for locating them.

It's that time of year again when earthlings are treated to an out-of-this-world light show courtesy of the Perseid meteor shower.

"There won't be any kind of star party or opportunity to see the Perseids from Bald Mountain due to helicopter activity", Long said Friday. The best chance to see the meteors will be in an area with very little light from cities and large buildings.

Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly.

That means you will see the greatest number of meteors in the shortest amount of time tonight and Saturday night.

"This year, unfortunately, we have a waning gibbous moon in the sky that will affect the visibility of the fainter meteors because the moon brightens the sky background", Geoff Chester, with the Naval Observatory, told WTOP Friday.

The shower will be best seen from the Northern Hemisphere, so the United Kingdom is in for a show if you look to the north-eastern part of the sky. But it could be a good warm-up to the total solar eclipse on august 21, which could cover a roughly 70-mile-wide corridor from OR to SC.

If conditions are poor for viewing the meteor shower in person, you can always watch it online.

Vanessa Coleman

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