Perseid Meteor Shower Will Dazzle Aug. 11-12
Viewers should be able to observe around 80 "shooting stars" per hour during this year's Perseid Meteor Shower.
According to Astronomy.com, the Perseid Meteor shower has some added bonuses this year: it will occur on a night when the moon is in its waning crescent phase, which means the moonlight won't interfere with your view of the dashing meteors, and it's on a Saturday night, which means people can stay up late and sleep in the next day.
You don't even need a telescope. Just spread out a blanket, maybe a late-night picnic, lay back and enjoy!
Perseid Meteor Trivia:
- These meteors travel 37 miles per second!
- The best time to view will be 2 a.m. Aug. 12.
- The weather in Snellville, so far, is predicted to be clear, so you should have a good view.
- The Perseid Meteors are cast-offs of the Swift-Tuttle comet, according to Space.com.
- The shower began July 23, and will peak the night of Aug. 11-12.
- Look toward the Perseus constellation, which forms an inverted "Y" shape and is in the northeast.
- Some of the meteroids are as small as a grain of sand, but they have the kinetic energy of a nuclear bomb!
- If you see a very slow, bright object sailing across the sky, it's either a satellite or a Space Station.
Where to view:
- The Atlanta Astronomy Club also will be having a Dark Sky Observing session and meteor shower viewing Aug. 11 at the highest point in the state: Brasstown Bald, which is located in North Georgia near Blairsville. (Directions can be found here.) Parking is $3 per person, and restrictions include no camping or tents.
- You don't need a telescope to view this celestial event, so just head out to a dark spot.
- Metro Atlanta has a lot of city lights, so the further you get from town, the better your view will be.
If you snap a great photo of the shower, upload it to our Pics and Clips!