What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

The weekend of August 11 and 12 will bring with it the annual Perseid meteor shower, but people are already getting their fix. If you're surrounded by street lights, the meteors you would normally have been able to see "you can't because the sky is so filled with light".

He said the meteor activity has been ongoing for more than two weeks and will continue for about another week. 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.

The moon light won't fade them out either, because there will only be a sliver left in as it approaches the new moon stage. Meteors should be viewable in nearly any direction. This year, the Perseids meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12-13. Most of the weekend should stay dry through with highs topping out in the mid- to upper-80s both days though cooling along Lake Michigan. When the Earth approaches the stream of debris, the Perseid meteor shower appears.

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The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.

Most meteor showers have a short peak, but the Perseid has a very broad peak because it takes three weeks for Earth to get through the trail of cometary dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. However, sometimes the planet Jupiter affects what can be seen on Earth. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show. Meteor outbursts last happened in 2009 and 2016. At that speed, someone traveling from Flint to Detroit would arrive in 1.5 seconds.

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