Beyond the Weather: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

The moon won't be making an appearance this weekend, instead about 50 meteorites per hour will light up the sky offering star gazers a dazzling show between midnight and dawn. As the cosmic junk - many the size of a grain of sand - enters the atmosphere, it burns up in a flash, appearing as "shooting stars" across the sky. And while some pesky clouds will be around on Friday and Saturday, forecasts show a return to clear skies on Sunday and Monday. And there's no need to worry about an overly bright moon. Bill Cooke, a scientist at NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office in Alabama, framed the phenomenon well in a 2016 interview with NASA.

This Perseid meteor shower will take place during a almost new moon-meaning it won't interfere with the show-and is expected to be the best meteor shower this year.

The Perseids, one of the best meteor showers of the year, will peak this weekend, and depending where you are the viewing conditions could be great.

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S
The idea would be similar to how special operations forces from across the military services are distributed to various commands. It wasn't immediately clear whether the new force would be a component of the Air Force , as the Marine Corps is to the Navy.

Argentina's Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion
The bill would have expanded abortion rights beyond current laws that allow it only in cases of rape or health risks to a mother. Currently, abortion in the South American nation is only allowed in cases of rape or if it endangers the mother's health.

Indonesian natural disaster : Facebook 'regrets' celebration animations
The magnitude-5.9 natural disaster struck close to the epicentre of Sundays 6.9 quake on Lombok, with a depth of 10km (6 miles). They are both popular tourist destinations but are located close to the Ring of Fire which is regularly hit by earthquakes .

But don't just peak up quickly and then go home. Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Mars and Saturn will also be visible at different points. Telling which is which shouldn't be an issue. But for those who want to experience the meteor shower amped up to 11, getting to a "dark sky park" is an absolute must. We're pleased to announce we will be livestreaming the 2018 Perseids meteor shower peak in 4K ultra HD. The comet is the largest object known to repeatedly careen by earth, with a nucleus of 16 miles wide.

As Earth sweeps through the path of Swift-Tuttle's 133-year-orbit of the sun, it collects some of these bits of leftover comet, which incinerate in our atmosphere in a fiery blaze. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.

"The Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower because they're a summer watching event when people are often more relaxed, kids don't have to be up early for school, and the weather is so much more accommodating than in the colder fall or winter months", Dr. Jacqueline Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, tells TIME.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dota 2 veterans defeated by OpenAI bots
Aug 10, 2018 - 03:17
The Open AI bot went on to best other notable players including, SumaiL, and former world champion, Dendi. The human vs machine challenge began with a warmup match against the audience, which OpenAI won easily .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump 'the last President of the United States' warns new documentary
Aug 10, 2018 - 02:27
This puts us all in grave danger. "Moore told HuffPost that he hopes the film exposes the "grave danger" posed by Trump". Fahrenheit 11/9 is named after the date that Trump was officially announced as the victor of the presidential election.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mauricio Pochettino breaks deadline-day silence
Aug 10, 2018 - 02:24
It told us we could not expect players to be signed or wages to be competitive while we opposed those ticket price rises. Pochettino added: "We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very hard to add players to that".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Canada Defiant After Saudi Arabia Freezes New Trade Over Human Rights Call
Aug 10, 2018 - 02:01
A number of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, have been arrested in the kingdom. It also suspended new trade dealings with Canada. "They don't know exactly what's going to happen to them", Castellanos said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host City
Aug 10, 2018 - 01:19
However, the club allowed Calum Chambers to join Fulham on loan on Tuesday and could still move for an experienced defender. My concern is their defence still.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dozens dead in Yemen after school bus carrying children hit by airstrike
Aug 09, 2018 - 23:17
It wasn't immediately clear how numerous casualties were on the bus and how many were pedestrians in the immediate area around it. He recently announced plans to invite Yemen's warring parties to Geneva on September 6 to hold the first round of consultations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Perseid Meteor Shower: Top 5 Things To Know
Aug 09, 2018 - 22:40
If you decide to go shooting star spotting, don't forget to let your eyes adjust to the dark for about 15 to 20 minutes. This is due to the new moon , which means that it will be extra dark on the night of the peak.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Oscars Are Changing Because You Aren’t Watching
Aug 09, 2018 - 22:29
If you're a fan of the types of movies that break box office records, you might have more reason to tune into the Oscars soon. The MTV Movie Awards? The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ruby Rose Gets Emotional Discussing Impact of Her Batwoman Role
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:58
It also, Rose noted, will allow her to continue her charity work of visiting children in hospitals with a whole new persona. Kate Kane is the second Batwoman in DC Comics' history, with the first being Kathy Kane, Bruce's aunt and Kate's mother.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top First Official Gameplay Trailer For Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Dropped
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:24
With the October release date seemingly secured, we shall finally be getting our first look at gameplay later today. After a robbery goes wrong in the town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vidal Excited to Play With Messi After 'Dream' Barcelona Move
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:21
Vidal also said he is excited to be at the club where he would play alongside the best players in the world. I've played in many teams and now I've arrived at the best.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top $3.9B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony
Aug 09, 2018 - 21:15
The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is "entirely without merit". Sinclair defended the script as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Statewide Blockchain-Based Voting To Be Offered For West Virginia's November Elections
Aug 09, 2018 - 20:45
While critics have been vocal in their condemnation of the technology, West Virginia seems intent on trying out the plan. However, election officials have left a final decision on its use in November up to each county in the state.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Manafort trial day 8: Prosecutors expect to wrap up case soon
Aug 09, 2018 - 19:37
In one case, she alleged that foreign accounts were used by Manafort to pay for more than $3.5 million in home improvements. Prosecutors have noted that Gates and Manafort were not the targets of the investigation at the time of the interview.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mobile US introduces cheaper Essentials plan with unlimited data
Aug 09, 2018 - 19:12
If not, and you don't ever go to Canada or Mexico, then I'm not sure why you wouldn't downgrade to this new Essentials plan . Interestingly, T-Mobile said it will throttle Essential customers during times and in places with heavy network demand.