Perseids to peak late Saturday evening, Sunday morning

Published on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Night owls with a penchant for the astronomical will want to stay up late this weekend to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower.

The celestial event, named for the constellation Perseus from which the meteors appear to emanate, is expected to peak during the overnight hours of Saturday, August 11 into Sunday, August 12, according to an article from Discovery News. The Perseid shower happens each year in late July or August when the earth passes through the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The constellation Perseus will begin its slow procession higher into the sky from the east-northeast horizon, according to the article. The highest percentage of meteors is expected after about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The farther sky gazers can get away from city lights, the better. The less light pollution from street lights and other artificial light sources means greater chance of seeing a high amount of meteors per hour.

Consult the article linked above for more information, including details on how to gauge the level of light pollution near your home.



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