Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

"Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".

The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show. With the moon entering its new phase, there's less moonlight to get in the way of the show. The name comes from fact that the meteors appear to shoot out from the Perseus constellation. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead.

The summertime meteor shower, the Perseid, is set to peak August 11, 12 and 13.

If that's accurate, it means that if you can see the stars of the Big Dipper, you should be able to see numerous Perseid meteors, astronomer Steven Bellavia from Brookhaven National Laboratory told Gizmodo. By night, most of any rain will exit with remnant cloud cover scattered around.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

Part of the reason the Perseids really sizzle in the summer sky in the northern hemisphere isn't the seasonal heat, but rather their speed, which can be almost 60 kilometers per second (134,000 miles per hour).

The shower will be visible to the naked eye. Find a comfortable spot with as a wide a view of the night sky as possible, preferably away from light pollution, and just relax, lie back and look up. "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot.

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