Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower?

09 August, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

During the peak, skywatchers should be able to see the most meteors in the shortest amount of time. The showers leave behind streaks of bright colors and "fireball" explosions of light. The comet only orbits the sun once every 133 years, but the debris can be seen every year in the summer months.

The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, as the flashes appear to originate from the constellation. As a bonus, Mars and Saturn should also be easily viewable.

The Perseid Meteor Shower should be spectacular this weekend for SW Montana with warm temperatures there is no excuse not to spend a little time staring up at the night sky to wish upon a passing meteor burning up in our atmosphere. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast. It has a nucleus of about 16 miles wide and last passed by Earth in 1992, however, Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, which is what creates the Perseid meteor shower.

How can I see them?

To get the best view of the Perseids, find a region in the Northern hemisphere that has lower levels of light pollution.

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A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015, in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada.

"This year we'll be lucky the moon won't be shining most of the night, it will be a very thin crescent so it should be quite dark".

Between midnight and 5 a.m. on August 11 and 12.

The best place to view them is getting out of the city lights and get a spot where you can see as much sky as possible. Sleeping bags, blankets and food and drink supplies can all help make for a more comfortable experience while you're out searching for shooting stars.

How easy will it be to see?

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