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Beyond the Weather: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Beyond the Weather: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

METEORS come from the small particles, around the size of a grain of sand, left behind by comets (and some asteroids) as they orbit the sun.

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.

If you're planning on watching the Perseid meteor shower, bear in mind that it will take at least 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Anyone who was disappointed by the brightness of the almost full moon obscuring the Perseid meteor shower past year will have a chance to turn their stargazing luck around this month.

Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year.

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As he was executed on August 10, many Catholics associate the Perseid meteor shower with St Lawrence, and dub the shooting stars as the "tears of St Lawrence" as they occur at the same time each year.

Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers). But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show.

By Monday morning, that boundary should have cleared and it looks like viewing conditions will be good for just about all of New England. The moon will also not be an issue this year with only a crescent moon appearing.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear. "Remember, you don't have to look directly at the constellation to see them". It manifests as bright streaks of light shooting across the sky but if you blink, they're gone - literally. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.


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