Tips to Best See the Perseids – Best Meteor Shower of the Year
The Perseids, considered to be the best meteor shower of the year, can be seen this week. NASA is offering tips on how best to watch the Perseids, which could produce 100 meteors per hour.
When Can I See the Perseids:
The Perseids rise soon after sunset, but you'll want to wait until they are higher in the sky to see the most meteors. The best meteor watching hour is 4 a.m. Eastern on the morning of August 13 of August 14.
Where Can I See the Most Meteors:
Find an area well away from city or street lights with a clear, unclouded view of the night sky. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient -- the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.
Avoid taking pictures with your phone. The bright light will destroy your night vision and you'll have to wait 20 minutes for them to dilate so you can see the meteors.
Do I Need a Telescope:
Put away the telescope or binoculars. Using either reduces the amount of sky you can see, lowering the odds you'll see anything but darkness.
Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate. The National Weather is calling for clear skies overnight, so we may get lucky.