Perseid Meteor Shower: Top 5 Things To Know

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

Although the meteor shower is considered the best of the year in some parts of the country, it turns out Chicago is not the best place to catch glimpses of glittering showers of space matter.

Boyle says the meteors strike the earth's atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour, causing long streaks that completely vaporize.

Where Can You See the Perseid Meteor Shower? "Even if the viewing conditions aren't the best, you're likely to spot some meteors during the maximum nights of the Perseid meteor shower each year".

The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, according to Gary Boyle, an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who is known as "The Backyard Astronomer".

At 9 p.m. a ranger will lead a short talk about the Perseid meteor shower, followed by an opportunity to view the sky from the grassy lawn in the parking lot area.

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How can I view the meteor shower?

Look up! The Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, will occur the evening of Saturday, Aug. 11. This is due to the new moon, which means that it will be extra dark on the night of the peak. NASA reports that it's possible to see meteors in the shower as early as 10 p.m. local time, but pre-dawn hours are better for viewing.

Here are 5 facts to know about what to expect and where in IL the meteor show can be seen. In areas where it is extremely dark, away from the light pollution of Dutch cities and towns, one may even be able to see around 100 shooting stars per hour.

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.

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