Intense Perseid Meteor Shower This Week
If you love skywatching, this is the week for you! The annual Perseid meteor shower will be spectacular this year, NASA officials said in a statement. Peak viewing dates will be August 11-12, but there is also the chance to view the meteors on August 12-13.
“Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12,” said Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Alabama. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.” This year’s meteor shower will be the most impressive since 2009.
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For optimal viewing conditions, go somewhere dark (preferably out of urban areas that may be affected by light pollution) or go to an observatory. The best time to watch for meteors is from midnight until just before daylight, according to NASA.
Concerned about bad weather in your area? Not to worry! NASA will live stream the event each night on UStream starting at 10 p.m. EST.