What This Weekend's Perseid Meteor Shower Will Actually Look Like

Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 David Kingham combined 23 individual stills over several hours to depict a Perseid meteor shower.

It's not expected that any of the meteors from the Perseid shower will hit the ground on Earth.

Guaranteed they'll have an excellent view point and the group provides telescopes.

Meteor showers are best experienced with the naked eye between midnight and dawn.


Unfortunately, this year the moon will interfere with the shower's peak for mid-northern observers.

It is not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because the Perseid shower happens every single year from July through Sept, reaching its peak in August, so if you miss it this year, there's always next year.

But that hasn't kept it from becoming yet another casualty of fake news. The resulting heat momentarily creates a streak of glowing air that we see as a meteor.

Astronomers are projecting a slightly higher than normal rate of 150 meteors per hour across North America.


Last year's Perseids excelled with 200 meteors an hour.

The meteors - traveling at a rate of about 37 miles per second - are caused by the earth passing through debris in the wake of Comet Swift-Tuttle, seemingly radiating out of the constellation Perseus. A half to a three-quarters moon Saturday night may interfere with the view, and forecasters are calling for mostly cloudy skies Saturday night into Sunday morning in the Omaha area.

Whether you're a total astrology buff or struggle to differentiate between one star and another, you won't want to miss out on a spectacle which is set to illuminate the night sky over Ireland this weekend.

"Lots of people head out to their hammocks or sprawl out on a sandy beach or grassy lawn, talk quietly, check their phones, and share a few laughs to the shower's paired rhythms spells of sweet languor punctuated by sudden bursts of meteoric excitement".



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