Every August, just when many people go vacationing in the country where skies are dark, the best-known meteor shower — the Perseid meteor shower — makes its appearance.
The "shooting stars" promise to deliver an excellent show this year to anyone with clear and dark skies away from urban and suburban lights.
The best time to watch for meteors will be from the late-night hours of Wednesday, Aug, 11 on through the predawn hours of Aug. 13 – two full nights and early mornings. Patient skywatchers with good conditions could see up to 60 shooting stars an hour or more.
This should be very cool!
Glad you posted this. I used to keep my kids awake to watch the light show in the past. Now I'll be doing this for my grandson! I have a plus, now. I live way out in the country, it's very dark with no city lights, so I should get a spectacular show!
The event is also known as "The Tears of St. Lawrence."
Observers with exceptional skies often record even larger numbers. Typically during an overnight watch, the Perseids are capable of producing a number of bright, flaring and fragmenting meteors, which leave fine trains in their wake.
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