Peaking on August 11th, 12th, and 13th, the Perseid meteor shower is coming to skies near you very soon. Everyone is gearing up for what could one of the greatest astronomical spectacles in our lifetime. Astrophysicists are saying this year’s annual show will be one of the brightest and most prominent in recent years. So here’s all the facts you need to know to make the most of this star-studded night.
First, grab a blanket to lay on. That’s a must. You could see a potential of 60-70 meteors per hour when the sky becomes completely dark. However, in order to know where and when to look, you’re going to need to travel to a place with very little light pollution. Before you go out, don’t forget to download an app like Star Chart so you will be able to see the Perseus constellation which is where the meteors will appear.
Don’t expect to get any groundbreaking pictures of the phenomenon unless you have a super camera. For starters, grab a Tiny1 Smart Astronomy Camera to get the best amateur photos. Just don’t forget to spend more time looking at the sky than through the lens. And lastly, you might want a telescope, just for good measure.
None of this is required to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower, they’re merely there to enhance the experience. Be on the look out for the crescent moon as well. The lack of light emission from the moon will make the sky darker, so the meteors will be more prominent. And lastly, get outside early. Your eyes are going to need a few hours to adjust in order to see the stars in all their glory.
These facts and tips don’t just apply to the spectacle this weekend. Always check back whenever a meteor shower is passing by to make sure you get the most out of the experience.