STATE – This weekend should offer the best view of the Perseid meteor shower, which is expected to peak on Sunday morning.
The meteors appear to come from the northern part of the constellation Perseus in the northeast sky. They are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years to orbit the sun. The Earth passes through the comet’s dust trail during the month of August.
“If you are serious about seeing meteors then get comfortable in a lounge chair,” advises Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society. “There will be times when no activity will appear for 5 minutes and then 10 meteors will suddenly appear in the same time span. You may go outside and stand for 5 minutes and not see a thing. You need to get comfortable and watch as long as possible so that you may witness the peaks of activity along with the droughts.”
To find out where to look, visit http://earthsky.org/tonight/wheres-the-radiant-point-for-the-perseids
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