Perseids Meteor Showers Happening in the Southern Tier [VIDEO]
Look to the skies tonight for one of the best meteor shower displays of the years. The Perseids could bring up to 100 colorful streaks per hour!
I am a huge stargazing fan and have made it a point to view events like the annual Perseid meteor showers, one of the northeast's most spectacular terrestrial moments. The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus, which is the where the showers are positioned in the sky.
The Perseids will be visible through August 24th, but tonight will be the best displays.
Not sure where to look? Look to the northeastern sky anytime after dark till sunrise, and you'll see several of these colorful streaks. Most about the size of a grain of sand.
We should have some breaks of clear sky tonight, and because tomorrow is a new moon, we will have a moonless sky tonight which makes it the perfect night to view.
If you live in the city it would be best of you drive to a safe remote location to escape the glow of the city.
I live outside the city and have a great view of the northeaster sky, so I have seen several of the annual events. I have found the best way to watch for meteors is to sit in a lounge chair that reclines back, so that you can watch the sky without straining your neck and back.
If sky conditions are good just sit back and enjoy the show!
Future gazing events -
- The Leonids Meteor Showers will be viewable November 17 until dawn November 18th.
- The Geminids Meteor Shower will be viewable December 13th and 14th.
Check out the video below of the Perseids: