Look out for the Perseid Meteor Shower


If you really want to avoid the moonlight obscuring your view, try stargazing before moonrise earlier in the evenings just after sunset. If you have outdoor plans this afternoon, I strongly urge you to check the radar often on our FREE Local4Casters app - remember that even a "regular" thunderstorm has lightning, and lightning kills.

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"That will cut it down to 10, perhaps 20 per hour", Chester stated. So while viewers will have a chance to see the meteors they shouldn't expect anything record breaking. It'll be a cooler day, with highs in the mid 70s (24 degrees Celsius).

Smith said the current forecast calls for showers and storms from Friday night through Sunday. The further south you live, the lower your chances. One such rumour that has gripped the social media lately is about the 12th August 2017 being a no night date. The Perseid meteor shower started mid-July and will go on through August 24.

There are a few things you can do to get a better view of the Perseids.

So, when to look? But some still have their hopes of the sky clearing to catch a glimpse of it. Ravindra Aradhya, a member of The Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (ABBA) says, "The moon is still out in the night, and lights up the sky". Why so late at night? The showers are named after the part of the constellation that the meteors appear from their side in the sky. Words can not describe this view, you have to see it for yourself! That's hot enough to vaporize the meteor, which results in the flash of light that we see as a shooting star. "Don't look down, don't look at the person next to you, just keep watching the sky". Don't focus on any particular star...keep a broad visual perspective.

Meteors start to burn at an altitude of 120km from the Earth surface before turning into ashes at 60km.

Every year as Earth orbits around the sun and through the wake of the Swift-Tuttle Comet, bits of debris from the 17-mile-wide icy space ball enter the Earth's atmosphere at 133,000 miles per hour, reaching temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees and creating the meteors stargazers see in the sky. With drier air in place here the sky will appear clearer and allow for a better show.

This swirling ball of ice and dust-remnants from when our universe formed-was discovered in 1862 and forever changed how we thought about the streaks of light that zip across the sky."This is one of the first comets that really convinced people that there was a direct link between certain comets and meteor showers", James Zimbelman, a planetary geologist with the National Air and Space Museum, told Smithsonian.com previous year. That is emphatically not true.