Want to see the Perseid Meteor shower?

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

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. The Perseids are one of the brightest meteor showers of the year.

As meteors enter the earth's atmosphere they leave streaks of light in the sky, which some people call shooting stars. Bear in mind that between 10pm and 11pm, the meteor shower can be seen by looking slightly more to the north, even though the direction of the meteor shower is still towards the northeast. It takes 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, so the longer you wait, the more you will see!

How can I view the meteor shower?

"The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August, and its fame comes from the fact that it reliably has the brightest and most numerous meteors". It's the biggest, best meteor shower of the year, and when it peaks, you should be able to see about 60 meteors streak across the sky every hour.

Meteor enthusiasts in Chicago have two factors working against them: the bright city lights and the moon, which will be shining in its crescent form during the overnight hours of August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13 when the meteor shower passes by. It's best to the weather forecast in advance via www.metoffice.gov.uk as the clearer the skies, the more you'll see - and if there's heavy cloud, you'll struggle.

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NASA says the best window of observation is from a few hours after twilight until dawn, on the days surrounding the peak, Saturday and Monday.

Here are 5 facts to know about what to expect and where in IL the meteor show can be seen.

To enjoy the Perseids, you don't need any special equipment - only your eyes.

The Perseid meteor shower may be an annual event, but it's such an exciting celestial show that it's always worth another look.

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