December 13, 2017

Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night

13 August 2017, 12:21 | Edward Lowe

Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night

The Perseid meteor shower comes around every year all thanks to an icy space rock known as Comet Swift Tuttle – but thousands of years from now that same comet could bring on the worst mass extinction Earth has seen in hundreds of millions of years

The first total eclipse of the sun in 99 years that will cover parts of the nation from the Pacific to Atlantic is on August 21, but for space buffs, tonight brings a different kind of awe.

Experts say that next year looks to be better because the meteor shower will coincide will a new moon. In 1833, another Leonid storm reportedly had a rate of at least tens of thousands meteors per hour. The moon's glow will be especially bright this year.

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"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday". An astronomer with the Royal Astronomical Society reported that viewers may only see 20 meteors per hours if they are lucky.

If you stay up late to find your area covered in cloud, or you live in a busy city with high levels of light pollution, then you can watch the live stream here. And as this event is happening right before the aforementioned solar eclipse, it serves as a reminder of other interesting astronomical phenomenon. This shower is a yearly occurrence, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, we get an action-packed show of space dust. In fact, the meteors which we see nearly certainly broke off from Swift-Tuttle during its 1862 visit and not the 1992 visit.

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The best night for viewing in Mid-Michigan will be Saturday.

The Perseids usually have a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60 km per second speed, but this year flare rates are reduced by half owing to the bright moon, he added.

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Even if your attempts to view the Perseid showers are stymied, do not be too disappointed.

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