Good news, and bad, about this week's meteor shower

10 August, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Carlsbad Caverns

If you're looking to catch sight of the Perseid meteor shower in MI, your best chance is Saturday night, according to Raymond Bullock, program presenter at the Cranbrook Institute of Science's Acheson Planetarium.

From start to finish, the Perseids run from around July 23 to August 20, each year, but the stream of debris has a more concentrated core, which produces a "peak" to the meteor shower, either on the night of August 11-12 or August 12-13.

"This year, we are expecting enhanced rates of about 150 per hour or so, but the increased number will be canceled out by the bright Moon, the light of which will wash out the fainter Perseids", said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Perseids occurs normally every year in August with a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60km per second speed. It is associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet, which astronomers discovered in 1862. "But the good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs; otherwise the moon would really mess with them". Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Perseid meteor shower.

The discussion will begin at 7:15 p.m., and after dark guests can watch the meteor shower and view the night sky using their own telescopes, or ones provided by NIU.

If you're from Detroit or another big city, we suggest you go outside of town!

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A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid meteor shower in 2015. Rising at around 11 p.m. on Friday night, and around midnight on Saturday night, the Moon will present a source of light pollution in the sky, that will washed out numerous fainter meteors.

All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris.

The best way to see it would be to watch the sky from a wide, open space - away from trees and tall buildings.

You can tell if a meteor belongs to a particular shower by tracing back its path to see if it originates near a specific point in the sky, called the radiant.

Make sure the place you to opt to view the display is as dark as possible.

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