Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

FIRE IN THE SKY Meteors will be visible in the night sky over the weekend FIRE IN THE SKY Meteors will be visible in the night sky over the weekend. contributed
Clarence Schmidt | 12 August, 2017, 00:36

If you haven't yet, join Kim on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees (26-27 degrees Celsius). "The best times to observe will be after midnight, or 1am local daylight saving time, when your location will swing around to the "front" of Earth's orbital direction".

Scattered showers and thunderstorms end by about 7 p.m.so I think we'll be fine for the Tigers game at Comerica Park (even if late afternoon storms cause a delay due to a delay in pre-game preparations, it would be a short delay).

"It is the most reliable and watchable of all the showers".

Saturday is looking like your best bet for a better show, with rain chances less than 10 percent.

This year, the bright waning moon will make the meteors a bit trickier to see, as it outshines the smaller fireballs. The further south you live, the lower your chances.

The Perseids meteor shower peaks during August, and despite some interference from moonlight which will blot out the fainter shooting stars, this impressive display is still well worth a watch, says Argus astronomy expert JONATHAN POWELL. However, we have a couple of things working against us this year.

The meteor shower will still be active through August 24, but it will be much weaker and harder to see after the peak this weekend.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year on a predictable schedule, starting around July 17 until about September 1.

So, when to look?

The best time of night to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am until dawn breaks.

Its name comes from the point at which the meteors appear to come from - its radiant - in the constellation of Perseus. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest vehicle is capable of travelling. Don't focus on any particular star...keep a broad visual perspective.

Here's when, where, and how to watch the spectacular show of streaking paths of comet debris heating and burning up into bright bursts of light as they enter the atmosphere.

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862.

He noted that Comet SwiftTuttle is the source of Perseid as astronomers discovered that it leaves a river of dust around the sun as it approaches it every 130 years. It's fairly consistent each year, producing a rich and steady stream of meteors that are fast and bright in the sky, and that leave persistent trains behind them.

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