Best meteor shower of 2018 visible over Middle TN this weekend

Ismael LynchAug 11, 2018

Stargazers can expect to see between 60 and 300 meteors every hour from tonight as one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar lights up the sky.

The shower should be visible on both sides of the equator, although it is reportedly a better watch if you're in the mid-northern latitudes, meaning the top spots are European countries, as well as the United States and Canada.

This weekend we'll have a new moon, and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Look to the north or northeast initially, and then more northeast or east after midnight. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead. "If you were to draw the lines of the meteors and connect them back to where they started, they all seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus", she said. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added. Make sure you have a dark area to view.

This year, the peak of the shower should be out of this world.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface. "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. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. It's expected we could see 50 to 70 meteors per hour starting Saturday and Sunday night.

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower. Your best bet is to find a place where there are no obstructions to your view of the horizon.

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