Brad's Astro Extra: Best way to watch the Perseid meteor shower

Brad's Astro Extra: Best way to watch the Perseid meteor shower

To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia. It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour!

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them.

This weekend also will be the Perseids Meteor Shower! The meteor shower will peak this year on August 12th to get out and enjoy the view while you can.

This year, skies will be clear.

"We have some favorable sky conditions for viewing coming up as we get towards the peak of it", said Ron Steve, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville.

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The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

And in some places, a sky free from clouds will not automatically mean a good view for the meteors. In contrast, clouds, showers and scattered thunderstorms will thwart prospective meteor watchers in a swath extending from the southern Great Plains northeast through the Carolinas, the Middle Atlantic states and on up into the so-called "Northeast Corridor", running from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so.

But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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