Best meteor shower of 2018 visible over Middle TN this weekend


The festival is aligning with the Perseids meteor shower. This weekend also will be the Perseids Meteor Shower!

The best views should come just before dawn on August 13, Astronomy Magazine reported, though observers will still have a lot to see between midnight and dawn on days surrounding the peak. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere.

The meteors will radiate from one central location in the northeast section of the sky, known as the constellation Perseus, from which they take their name. "Even if the sky is dark enough, if you are exposed to any bright light nearby, your eyes will not be dark-adapted", said Bellavia.

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This year will also be great for viewing because the moon's current phase is near new moon and won't flood the night sky with moonlight. Steve recommended those who want to watch the shower avoid cities or places subject to light pollution. Let is know in the comments. She added that the meteors should be visible anywhere in the sky without binoculars or a telescope. Though smoke is forecasted to linger into Saturday night, the sky cou;ld remain moderately clear into the early morning hours and temperatures shouldn't drop below 16C. If you're on the West Coast, be aware that, as AccuWeather points out, the wildfires may make the meteors harder to see. Nichols describes it as an annual phenomenon when earth runs into the trail of debris left by a comet. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second. It takes 20-30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, and the meteors come in spurts and lulls; so the longer you wait, the more you'll see. "Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak".

But if the optimal viewing hours appear incredibly daunting the good news is all you have to do is click the embedded YouTube live stream below.