Look up: Perseid Meteor Shower Peaking This Weekend Aug 11, 2017

The Great American Eclipse may be overshadowing a separate event that is happening right now. Does the Perseid Meteor Shower ring a bell? We sure hope so! It is not as uncommon as the upcoming eclipse because this meteor shower happens every year. However it’s happening right now so go on outside and try to catch it (that is, if it’s nighttime)!

Here’s the rundown on what to know:

There will be a couple of things working against us, in terms of us being able to make some wishes on shooting stars. Of course, one is the weather where there will be pockets of clouds. The other is the moon. There’s a waning gibbous moon in the sky that will be present for this event. The brightness of the moon will make it tougher to see all of the meteors. Because of that, more faint meteors will not be able to be seen. Usually we can see up to 100 meteors per hour (or more) if there’s no bright moon, but with the brightness that number will be lower.

Here are some simple steps for best viewing:

  • Get away from city light, artificial light, and into darker areas because you’ll be able to see these better
  • Bring a friend, family, or at least a communication device. We’d hate to tell you to go to a rural, dark spot all alone with no communication
  • Allow 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. That way you can see all of the meteors!
  • Best viewing is just before dawn, but you can probably see these throughout the night
  • Have some good wishes ready! You’ll want that wish on the tip of your tongue when you see the meteor

Now to the weather forecast:

Areas shown in white and grey can expect some scattered clouds, if not some overcast sky during the night. The good thing about this time of the year is that when clouds and showers/storms pop up in the afternoon, they generally fizzle and clear through the night. This is especially true by the time 3 a.m. to dawn local time rolls around, when the viewing is the best. If you can catch some pictures and/or time lapse videos of this event, please share it with us on our Facebook page or Twitter page.

Hope your wishes come true!

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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