Perseid meteor shower next week

Two Perseid meteors, center and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a forest on the outskirts of Madrid, in the early hours of Monday, July 28, 2014.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Star gazers rejoice — the annual Perseid’s meteor show is about to begin.

Each year in August, if you can get out from under the city lights and head to the countryside, you may be treated to one of the best and brightest annual meteor showers. The spectacle can produce between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.

When should you grab a low-slung chair and a blanket? This year the best viewing (assuming the weather cooperates) should be between Aug. 10 and Aug. 13.

Unfortunately, this year’s meteor show will correspond with the waning gibbous of the full moon. That may make the meteors more difficult to see.

The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, from which the shooting stars seem to radiate in the northeast quadrant of the sky.

The shower is a result of earth colliding with the debris field of the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

Michigan’s state parks will be ideal locations for stargazing during the Perseid meteor shower, the Associated Press reports, and some of them are offering a tasty incentive: s’mores.

The Department of Natural Resources says “Meteors & S’mores” events are planned for numerous parks from Saturday through Aug. 16. Some of the events will include astronomy presentations or movies to complement nature’s light show.

There is no charge to attend Meteors & S’mores, but a Recreation Passport is required for any vehicle entering a Michigan state park.

Participating parks range from Fort Wilkins on the Keweenaw Peninsula to Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County. For a complete list and schedule, check the state park event listings online.

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