Don't miss the Perseid meteor shower this weekend

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

The Perseid Meteor Shower will occur the evening of august 11, and is set to be the best opportunity to see shooting stars this year. The days before and after the peak will provide dark skies to see the shower, because NASA says the new moon will fall near the peak night. The only concern for viewing is wildfire smoke is likely to stay parked over Montana through next week.

At approximately 9 p.m. on August 11, join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center at Huntington Beach of Cleveland Metroparks to view the meteor shower through telescopes with planetarium staff.

It should be a good one this year with a rate of 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

Why does this occur every summer? It has a nucleus of about 16 miles wide and last passed by Earth in 1992, however, Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, which is what creates the Perseid meteor shower. When the Earth crosses paths with this debris, specks of small particles hit the earth's atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light.

The Perseid meteor shower will be particularly noticeable this year. So the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest, usually straight up. Pipestone National Monument will be a great place to view the meteor shower, providing a wide area of night sky viewing and minimal background light pollution.

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"The more stars you can see, the more meteors will also be visible", according to the American Meteor Society.

Meteors, also known as "shooting stars", are the streaks of light produced in the night sky when a meteoroid burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

What is a meteor shower?

Between midnight and 5 a.m. on August 11 and 12.

When Can You See the Perseid Meteor Shower? It might take your eyes a little bit to adjust to the darkness, so be patient.

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