Meteor shower tonight: Perseids peak, bring best light show views

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 12, 2010 9:32 am

The Perseid meteor shower tonight, which peaks late Thursday into Friday morning, is widely considered one of the best skywatching events of the year.

While last week’s northern lights appearance was spectacular for the select few lucky enough to witness the celestial event, the Perseids are widely visible throughout the country to those with clear skies.

The Perseids arrive every year beginning in late July and stretch into August. Skywatchers viewing the event under good light conditions could see upwards of 60 shooting stars per hour.

As previously mentioned, tonight is the night that scientists predict to be the best viewing opportunity to take in the Perseids this year, and may be the best of the last 5 years.

One of the best bets to observe this exciting meteor shower is to flee the city, and get out to a more rural area away from the light pollution that often plagues prospective stargazers. If possible, try to find a spot where the sights can be taken in at angle to reduce strain on your neck from looking straight up. Additionally, give your eyes time to adjust to nightfall, as it can take up to 45 minutes for the human eye to fully convert over to night-vision, thus allowing maximum chance of catching a glimpse at the beautiful show.

For those unable to find the right light conditions for the view, NASA will also be running a live feed of the shower beginning as darkness falls on the East coast.