Night sky festival this weekend at Shenandoah National Park

Night sky festival this weekend at Shenandoah National Park

Night sky festival this weekend at Shenandoah National Park

Coming to a sky in the Northern Hemisphere is a dazzling show for stargazers: the Perseid meteor shower. "The best instrument to use for any meteor shower is the unaided human eye, because you have the widest possible field of view".

Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show". Here's a look at where the most clouds will be overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, state by state.

Stay awake. The Perseid meteors are typically best between midnight and dawn, with the hours before dawn being the best time.

The steam will kick off at exactly 8.30pm UTC or 9.30pm United Kingdom time.

It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.

You'll need to get away from city lights and move to a low-lit area.

Homebodies can head out to West Seattle's Alki and see the show with the Seattle skyline in view, or go to Gas Works Park for lakeside vistas.

The stream will come from a telescope mounted at the hamlet of Castel Santa Maria next to the ruins of a 16th century church.

Viewing results tend to change year to year.

The weather forecast for Sunday night is looking good for meteor viewing, although there may be cloudy periods.

Organizers say the planets Mars and Saturn will also be visible throughout the night as well as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Lagoon Nebula, and many attractive star clusters. With the moons phase nearly at a new moon, that will help you see the meteors even more!

The barrelling Haley-type comet completes a trip around the Sun every 133 years, leaving bits and pieces of space rock in its orbit. They enter the Earth's atmosphere at 60 km/second.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

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