LOOK UP! – Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Meteor Shower
Meteor shower (FILE) Gonzague Petit Trabal - Flikr Commons

The Annual Perseid meteor shower will peak tonight if you look up towards the sky during the overnight hours, you should be able to see up to 100 meteors an hour.

The shower won’t start to pickup steam until after midnight and the best show will be in the hours before dawn.

This is the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower, but we are in a moonless cycle.

This will cause the night sky to be very dark and raise our chances for a good show. The major meteor shower will be visible all over the Northern Hemisphere.

“If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August’s Perseids or December’s Geminids,” NASA says. “The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower.”

The best part about the showing is that it will happen a day before the new moon, meaning the night skies will be dark and perfect for meteor spotting. Under clear and dark skies, observers could expect to see up to 100 shooting stars an hour. Astronomy experts say that those conditions have not been available since 2010.

The good news is, you will not need any additions equipment like a telescope. The naked eye will be just fine! Going to a rural area, way from city light pollution will certainly increase your chances in seeing the Perseid Meteor Shower!

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