UPDATE: Anyone who saw the Perseid meteor shower peak last night will agree it was worth staying up for. Even though it already peaked, you will still be able to see meteors tonight, Friday August 12th. NASA reported 170 meteors per hour last night. The best time to view is after 1:00 am when the moon sets.
From last night: This Perseid meteor shower will feature double the amount of meteors this year. It will be most intense early Friday morning around 3-4am. You can also get a good view starting 1 am when the moon sets. Normally you can see around a meteor per minute, but this year will be even more frequent. “We’re expecting 160 to 200 meteors per hour,” said Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Cooke says these intense displays happen once a decade or so, The next won’t be until 2027 or 2028. We can thank Jupiter for giving us this extra special light show, when it became closer than usual to the debris left behind the comet, Swift-Tuttle and it’s gravitational field sent a clump of the debris closer to Earth. Jupiter has an extreme gravitational field, 2.4 times that of Earth, it’s used by NASA to assist spacecrafts and speed them up without using fuel. The debris will be traveling towards Earths atmosphere at 37 miles per hour.
VIEWING TIPS: Try to get away from city lights or any other lights that would pollute your view of the stars, Try not to stare at a small area, make sure you are viewing a large piece of the sky.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your eyes need to adjust to the darkness to view the meteors, stay outside for 30 mins to let your eyes adjust. Avoid a phone or car headlight as this will make it harder to view. If you can’t avoid using your phone put the brightness very low.
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