Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM
This weekend will be perfect for viewing the Perseid meteor shower. It usually happens once a year around mid-August when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet called Swift-Tuttle. While the shower actually peaks Sunday, Perseid meteors are often spotted several nights before and after. The best time to view the meteor shower will occur after midnight until around dawn on Sunday.
So what is the chance of seeing the meteor shower around Kentuckiana? Well, there is a crescent moon that will rise in the east Sunday around 2 a.m., but it should not be bright enough to interfere with seeing in other parts of the sky. The weather should be perfect! The sky will be clear with low humidity.
The next question is where to look. The streaks could appear anywhere in the sky, although they'll generally appear to come from the constellation Perseus, in the northeastern sky, after midnight.
Make sure you find a nice, dark place with no street lights and as few trees as possible. Pay attention and find a comfortable spot because most meteors streak by in a second or less. You might be able to see more than 60 meteors (shooting stars) per hour! Happy viewing!