Stargazing conditions prime for meteor shower


The Perseids arrive each year in the night skies when the Earth passes through the cosmic trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.

While the Perseids have been passing over Earth since the end of July, peak viewing will be from August 11 through August 13 as night turns to dawn.

Experts are of the view that on an average around 100 meteors may be seen per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is happening over the weekend, and at its peak viewers should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

Once evening falls Sunday, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.

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Just lean back and observe as much sky overhead as possible.

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet. "Even if the sky is dark enough, if you are exposed to any bright light nearby, your eyes will not be dark-adapted", said Bellavia.

For the best viewing, move away from city lights and look to the north.

Remember: areas without urban light are the best and your eyes may take some time to get used to the darkness before you can see the show.

But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks. If bad weather does spoil your view, you can also watch the Perseid meteor shower live here on Sunday (Aug. 12) starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), courtesy of the online observatory

One such person is Paul Jacobs, who photographed some stunning images of the Perseid meteors over the beach at Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!