Meteor showers are predicted to hit their peak this weekend and you might be able to witness it with your very own eyes. Have you ever seen one? I've payed attention to only a couple in my lifetime. It's a pretty amazing thing to see and you can possibly make a wish for the future.


According to Earth Sky, the Perseid Meteor shower has been active since mid-July, and hits it's peak this weekend during the mornings of August 11th, 12th, and 13th.

At that time according to the website, the moon is waning to just a sliver at 10 percent illumination to make way for a spectacular show. As I said before, the best time to see it is midnight to early morning just before dawn. All this will come together in "ideal" situations such as no cloud coverage and no light pollution from a city.

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Maybe this weekend is a good time to go camping, I would think so because that's what I'll be doing.


Where in the sky should I look?

There's not really a "right" direction to look at in the sky for the meteor shower. However one can see a lot of the action in the double cluster of Perseus and Cassiopeia. Maybe point yourself in a north direction of sorts, look up and find the double cluster.

Fun ways to document this experience is to use a video function on a camera phone or long exposures for the real photography buffs out there.

Hope you see some shooting stars this weekend!!

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