- The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is this weekend and it's expected to be the best of the year. "The best instrument to use for any meteor shower is the unaided human eye, because you have the widest possible field of view". They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.
The Perseids arrive each year in the night skies when the Earth passes through the cosmic trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.
The combination of a slim crescent moon and clear skies will likely make for prime viewing of the Perseid meteor shower this weekend.
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So how dark should the sky be?
This weekend also will be the Perseids Meteor Shower! If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo. Even if you're a casual observer, you should be able to look up and see 60-70 meteors per hour during the peak. Just lie on a blanket and look straight up.
The photographs show the meteors leaving a stream of bright lights in their wake as they break through the atmosphere. With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour. Good luck out there, and if you get any good shots of the meteors, feel free to post them in the comments!