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. You'll still get to see your average 80 meteors per hour up in that big night sky, which will be visible if the sky is dark enough and weather permits.
With all the talk about the Great American Eclipse, you may have forgotten to put this on your calendar: The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend. It is important to ensure that your eyes get adjusted to the darkness for a clearer view of the meteors, by keeping them closed for 15 minutes.
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. The annual shower takes its name from the fact that the meteors appear to emanate from around the constellation Perseus (near the very recognizable "Lazy W" of Cassiopeia).
The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend, offering a chance for a celestial show of shooting stars.
Larger pieces (even just pea-sized) can blossom into a trailing "fireball" that sears both the night sky and viewers' retinas.
A normal year for the Perseids would have between 80 to 100 meteors each hour, although not all will be visible by the naked eye. The Perseid meteor shower started mid-July and will go on through August 24.
The Perseid shower may be a little more hard to view this year because of the almost full moon.
Scattered thunderstorms are possible in the D.C. area into Saturday evening, but there's a good chance they diminish and at least partial clearing begins after sunset. Hence, they rarely reach the Earth and when they do, it is only small parts that no one realizes, Sheikh Salman said. The moon won't set during the night time, so there's no way around the light pollution it will give off. The earth crosses this river between August 11 and 13 every year, so the meteors appear intensively during that period.
"It's a good time to grab the kids and the grandkids...get out of the way of the city a bit and catch the meteors", Henderson said.
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