Perseid Meteor Shower 2019: How to see it in MI this weekend


Also, avoid trying to take a photo or using your cellphone; the bright light from the screen will hamper your night vision and may cause you to miss seeing the shooting stars.

"Try to stay off your phone too, as looking at devices with bright screens will negatively affect your night vision and hence reduce the number of meteors you see". The peak of the Perseids coincides with a full moon, which means many meteors that would otherwise be visible will be washed out.

WA's outback skies will put on a show next week as a popular annual meteor shower reaches its peak. Notice how they all appear to be streaking from the same direction?

You might also look on August 12, the morning before the peak. This happens when the Earth passes through streams of cosmic debris. According to NASA, in years with no moonlight, the Perseids usually produce around 60 meteors per hour.

The Perseids are made of dust and debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. But the orbit of this comet intersects Earth's around August 12-13. If they get close enough to be attracted by Earth's gravity, they enter the upper atmosphere at high speeds, where they vaporize due to friction with air molecules.

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Swift-Tuttle last passed through the inner solar system in December 1992. However, don't be fooled into thinking this makes the show any less spectacular! Not only should the visitor loom large and bright, but viewers also might experience some rather dramatic Perseid showers.

Expect the effective minimum temperature to fall far below what your local weather forecast predicts. Heavy blankets, sleeping bags, ground cloths, auto cushions and pillows are essential equipment. During this window of activity, individual Perseid meteors can be spotted dashing across the night skies.

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium.

One astronomical event dominates all others this week.