By Erica Abbott
If you’re looking for one of nature’s greatest shows, simply look up at the sky tonight. The Perseid meteor shower is set to peak between tonight and tomorrow morning, and it’s sure to be out of this world.
According to NASA, during the peak activity time between Aug. 11 and 12, there could be as many as 200 meteors per hour. “The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains,” NASA’s observation tips read. “Best viewing will be from after midnight to before dawn. Even though the moon phase is not the best for viewing, the 2016 shower will be an outburst, with rates double the normal levels.”
The extraordinary display of “shooting stars” could be one of the best opportunities to view a meteor shower in a while. NASA said that there is a chance an outburst could occur, which is a meteor shower that contains more meteors than usual. The last outburst from a Perseid meteor shower was in 2009.
Stargazers can expect to catch the best glimpse of the meteor shower between midnight and dawn. NASA suggests allowing 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and look straight up. Those in the city and other light-polluted areas might miss out on the meteor shower so there will be a livestream available.
EarthSky also offered up their own Perseid-watching tips, which include finding a dark and open sky, reclining back, giving yourself at least an hour of observation time (since you can’t predict exactly when the meteors will peak) and remembering that patience is key. “Meteors are part of nature. There’s no way to predict exactly how many you’ll see on any given night. Find a good spot, watch, wait.”
Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office explained on NASA’s meteors tips page, “The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago. And they’ve traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth’s atmosphere.”
So get your wishes ready (and maybe bring along a cosmic Coldplay playlist) because thousands of shooting stars should be lighting up the night sky tonight.
Will you be checking out the meteor shower tonight?
This article was written by Erica Abbott from Business2Community and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.