Final chance to catch the Perseid meteor shower

The August 2013 Perseid meteor shower taken from Belmar, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy: Mike Black / NASA)

(WTNH/WLNS)–This week marks the last chance to see the Perseid meteor shower in 2015.

Our sister station WTNH reports the celestial show will peak Aug. 10 through Aug. 12. during the overnight hours, when up to 100 meteors will fall each hour.

This is the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower, but we are in a moonless cycle, which will cause the night sky to be very dark and raise our chances for a good show.

The major meteor shower will be visible all over the Northern Hemisphere.

“If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August’s Perseids or December’s Geminids,” NASA says. “The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower.”

The best part about the showing is that it will happen a day before the new moon, meaning the night skies will be at their darkest- perfect for meteor spotting, if the clouds stay away.

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Astronomy experts say they haven’t seen optimal conditions for the annual event since 2010.

The good news is, you will not need any additional equipment like a telescope; the naked eye will be just fine.

Going to a rural area, away from city light pollution will increase your chances of seeing the Perseid meteor shower.

 

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