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This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

"Instead if your just zoned in on one area you're going to miss everything that's going on over here".

-Focus your attention on the constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus as this is where the meteors will be shooting. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

"Professional and amateur astronomers will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower this year because the Moon will be just two days old at the peak of the shower and hence will not appear in the sky at night".

This year, the peak of the shower should be out of this world. National Weather Service projections from the office in Louisville show tonight will be partly cloudy and less than ideal, but Saturday and Sunday night will be mostly clear.

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement. Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.




The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.

Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights.

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. Good luck out there, and if you get any good shots of the meteors, feel free to post them in the comments!

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.