Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Coming This Weekend

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You don't need any equipment to view the shower, it is best watched unobstructed by telescopes or binoculars. This year, the moon is in its new phase, which means it won't cast too much distracting light.

One of the most interesting and attractive things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors! During the shower, you can expect to see around 70 meteors per hour, breaking it down to about one meter per minute. That is, of course, under ideal conditions.

We can always hope that, after scattered afternoon showers and storms, the clouds will dissipate and give way to a starlit sky.

Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. 11 and it will continue through the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13. College football begins in less than four weeks for UVA, with the Hokies playing their first home game on Sep. 8. Little blazes of light, streaking across the sky, are the result of dust, dirt, and other stuff out there in space smacking into our atmosphere so fast that they burn up as bright flashes of light. Infinite amount of shooting stars and wishes!

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The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Perseids, or any of the other wonderful and fantastic things in the sky, please visit csastro.org for a link to information on our monthly meetings and our free public star parties.

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