Annual Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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It's August. That means get ready for the annual Perseid meteor shower. The peak of the meteor (aka fireball) shower this year is this weekend, between the nights of August 11th and the 13th. Like all meteor showers it helps to have clear skies. If the clouds cooperate, the best viewing time will be middle or later in the night, after the crescent moon sets.

The moon in the Mobile area sets Saturday night at 9:42pm. On Sunday night it sets at 10:19pm.

The Perseid meteor shower has already begun so you can see some meteors tonight and also nights early next week.

While the meteors will originate in the northeastern portion of the sky, according to NASA, "The best thing you can do to maximize the number of meteors you'll see is to get as far away from urban light pollution as possible and find a location with a clear, unclouded view of the night sky. If you enjoy camping, try planning a trip that coincides with dates of one of the meteor showers listed below. Once you get to your viewing location, search for the darkest patch of sky you can find, as meteors can appear anywhere overhead."

Earthsky.org has more details on the science and history of the Perseids and you can watch a NASA video here.

There's a lot more astronomy information right here on wkrg.com

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