This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend over Mid-Michigan! If you're surrounded by street lights, the meteors you would normally have been able to see "you can't because the sky is so filled with light".

Look to the north or northeast initially, and then more northeast or east after midnight. A few clouds will pass by Saturday night, otherwise skies should be mostly clear.

The moon light won't fade them out either, because there will only be a sliver left in as it approaches the new moon stage.

Scientists also say the best way to see it is in the dark with a wide view, and as far away from city lights as possible.

NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. In fact, Mid-Michigan will still have chances through the last weekend of August.

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The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower. This is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The meteors originate from the constellation of Perseus, which gives it its name.

"The reason we see the Perseids is because the earth travels through the tail of a comet", Kat Kelly, an astronomer at Vancouver's H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, told On the Coast guest host Angela Sterritt. When the pieces of debris heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. It averages about 60 meteors per hour.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.

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. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

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