The Perseid meteor shower should be dazzling Bay Area skies Sunday night and Monday morning if weather and wildfires don't get in the way. However, will clouds get in the way of you seeing this 60-70 meteors/hour show?
Every summer, the Perseid meteor shower brings a cascade of shooting stars to the night sky. The best times for viewing will occur on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with peak hours lasting from 10 p.m. EST straight through dawn.
The next event in the star calendar is a big event planned in Killarney Provincial Park on September 22, an ideal area to view the night sky since it's far from big city lights.
The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower. "There could be as many as 100 an hour".
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The Perseids meteor shower happens annually, when Earth passes through a dusty trail left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle: A large comet that takes 133 years to orbit the sun once, NASA reported.
According to NASA, just because this weekend is the peak of the meteor shower doesn't mean they can't be seen afterward.
Will you be watching the meteor shower? Your best bet is to find a place where there are no obstructions to your view of the horizon. Don't forget to allow some time for your eyes to adjust to the dark. The Perseids are known for "fireballs" which are grain-size pieces of dust that burn up and radiate as they travel through the atmosphere at 59 kilometres per second. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky. It will take your eyes around 20 minutes to best adapt to the darkness.
"Residents of the Northern Hemisphere including Qatar will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower", QCH astronomer expert Dr Beshir Marzouk explained. "After midnight is probably going to be some of the best times to go out, that's because as the Earth is rotating after midnight our location will be rotating into the debris field".
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