Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 Not Brightest Meteor Shower In History

Perseid Meteor Shower viewing

"By the 10th August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky".

"However, enthusiasts still have the chance to see these showers - only the very bright ones - but the visibility rate is half of what has been forecast". "Upwards of 100 lay prostrate on the ground [.] with their hands raised, imploring God to save the world and them", Cooke quoted from an 1833 account of seeing the Leonids meteor show in SC.

"They will be under the same circumstances we are in that the bright moon will wash out the sky", he continued.

"Actually next year, it occurs, I believe, around the time of new moon so we should have a much better display next summer", Chester said.

"So every year when earth goes into that old orbit from that comet it runs into that dust and debris and it comes into our atmosphere so fast that it burns up and we see these streaks of light in the sky and we call those meteors", he said.

Saturday the 12 might be better for observation, Sky and Telescope said, since the moon will rise a little later and be a tad dimmer.

The shower may be slightly better in the predawn hours of August 12, but there will be a decent showing both nights. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), a bright moon can obstruct the shower and this year, the moon will have waned to around 80% illumination by 12 August.

They can be seen anywhere in the world, but are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere.

If you're keen to catch the show, find a nice dark spot, preferably out of town to avoid light pollution.

"It lasts for a couple of days so you can see it today, tomorrow and possibly even the next day", said Cobb.

The Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth.

Typical raters for the upcoming shower will be about 80 meteors an hour but you could see as many as 150-200 meteors and hour in a heavier burst.

According to NASA the actual peak of the meteor shower will be around 1 PM tomorrow, Aug 12, but since that's the middle of the day here in MI the night before and the night after will be our best chance at catching sight of the show.

She also suggests downloading a free astronomy app - Celestron SkyPortal is her favorite - in order to locate the constellation Perseus, where the Perseids appear to originate from.

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