Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower This image (from Science@NASA) shows where to look for the Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaks the next couple nights.  Click on the image to enlarge.  Best viewing is from 2 am – 5:30 am. Skies should be partly cloudy tonight and generally mostly clear tomorrow night. You might want to grab a jacket – temperatures will be only in the upper 50s before daybreak. The 3/4-full moon shouldn’t interfer too much. The Perseids often have the most frequent and brightest meteors (fireballs) of any meteor shower during the year. It’s best to get away from artificial lights and look toward the northeast. Here’s times when you can see the International Space Station fly over. This week’s Sky at a Glance shows you where the planets are right now and more on star-gazing. The G.R. Amateur Astronomical Assn. is holding an open house from 9 pm to 11:30 pm Saturday night) at the Veen Observatory. At the link, you can also see a list of dates when the Veen Observatory will be open. You might want to also check out the latest from the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society and the Muskegon Astronomical Society.

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