A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

"And interestingly, most of these meteors are amazingly small", she says.

This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show.

Not only will the night sky be dark, but also clear, according to Matt Walters, a meteorologist with Topeka's National Weather Service. So most of the shower activity and thicker cloud cover should stay to our south and east.

That means the weekend should be favorable for stargazing.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour. While the Perseid meteor shower will be visible on Saturday night, the real show comes on Sunday, with peak shooting star activity happening the night of August 12 to 13. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them". People can look directly overhead to see the meteors, as long as they are in a dark area without too much light pollution.

Why does a meteor shower occur?

"Comets are spectacular and attractive and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".


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How fiery and bright the show might be depends on how the dust and particles are distributed along the orbit. During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on planet Earth.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. However, with a little planning and some patience, you can get some truly memorable images.

Because Kansas is flat with a large horizon, the view is especially spectacular. The club will have telescopes for people to view different stars and even view some of the meteors before the peak. These meteors will strike the atmosphere at around 60 km/sec and cause long streaks which completely vaporize.

"They are basically rocks", he said.

Astronomy website Slooh said: "In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the "Tears of St. Lawrence" because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 AD". But you don't need to stare at Perseus to spot meteors - in fact, it may be better to simply stare unfocused into the sky and let your more-sensitive peripheral vision do the heavy lifting.

"It's just lovely", Twarog said.

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