A meteor shower called the Perseids will peak this weekend. On average at its peak, we could see 30-40 meteors per hour.
The prediction this year is for about 150 hourly or so, but that is exactly what may well be canceled out by the aforementioned moonlight. They will originate in that part of the sky.
Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower, but remember it can take quite a few minutes before you see a shooting star so don’t look away, you may miss one! It typically has at least 80 meteors an hour, but some years can have as many as 200 an hour. Definitely still worth a jaunt outdoors and a look up. The key to finding these is to find a place not near city lights and not near a bunch of trees, giving yourself a clear view of the night sky.
Northeast Ohioans, whether you’ve found the ideal, dark, secluded spot to head to for watching the meteor shower, might run into some clouds blocking the view.
North Shore-based photographer Phil Mosby has been shooting the night sky around Lake Tahoe for the past four years. NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky. Weather permitting, the Amateur Astronomers still plan to host a stargazing party Friday night at Mingo Creek Park Observatory in Washington County.
The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.
The meteor shower is caused by Earth passing through debris by the comet Swift-Tuttle.
It’s all eyes on the skies as the Perseid meteor shower comes to Cornwall. “This bright moon will obliterate all but the brightest Perseid meteors”. In 1992, it passed safely far away from us – within 110 million miles of Earth. The peak of the meteor shower will happen, when we pass through the most crowded, dustiest section of the tail.
When there are numerous rocks at the same time, this is known as a meteor shower. However, this winter, a particularly bright moon might steal a little of the limelight.
Before you go, here are some fun facts from NASA.
Still, consider first checking out the heavens Friday evening, to see whether you can spot any Perseids before the fat moon rises. “The very basic technique is to take the camera out on a steady tripod, and start by setting your shutter speed around 20 seconds, which should be sufficient with the bright moon”, explained Mosby.