Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks this Week

Any Stateline Stargazers out there? You'll want to keep your eyes on the skies as the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this week. You'll be able to see the meteors through the 17th this month, but the best night in terms of numbers will be Thursday, August 12th.

This year will be a little different as the number of meteors is expected to be higher.  Something known as an 'outburst'. On average, we see around 80 meteors per hour.  But this year we could potentially see double that! The rate could top out near 150, to even 200, Perseids per hour!
This annual meteor shower gets it's name from a constellation called Perseus, because the meteors seem to radiate from it. Astronomers say that it will be hard to see them at first because of the bright moon that we have. However, if you head out to watch after 1am, the moon will have set and meteors will be easier seen.

For more information on the Perseid Meteor Shower, click here.

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