It is that time of year for the Perseid Meteor Shower! This event happens every August and is a favorite event among space lovers. Here are the details if you are interested in catching a meteor:
- The meteor shower peaks Sunday night into Monday morning and again Monday night into Tuesday morning. However, you can still meteors days before and after.
- Timing is best right before dawn, or sometime after 4 AM.
- Allow yourself at least an hour or more to watch.
- You want to be as far away as possible from the lights of your city or town. In the middle of the country is best but remember not to trespass!
- Look in the northeast sky.
The forecast looks favorable across most of the site for viewing, except south Texas which may have some cloud cover. This is a great way to introduce kids to space and I recommend checking it out if you don’t mind waking up early. Local astronomy groups hold watch parties and if you know of one, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can pass it on.