Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Starting tonight and through the weekend, Shenandoah National Park will be hosting the "Night Sky Festival", with space-related activities, and a front row seat to a meteor shower.

Since it will be the brightest meteor shower in the year, you would not need any special equipment to watch it.

The Perseid meteor shower is usually active every year from July 23 until August 24, while its peak will be between Saturday evening and Sunday dawn. "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. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

The shower will be especially dramatic in areas with low light pollution and after midnight, though there is a good chance of seeing shooting stars from 9.30pm onwards. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Gusty, erratic winds and high temperatures over the weekend threaten to "increase the likelihood of extreme fire behavior". Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties because the fire threatened thousands of homes.

Daytime heating caused some instability to our north this afternoon with showers and thunderstorms mostly in the U.P. but a few showers did make their way into Northeast Wisconsin.

-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness. Sunday night looks to be the best night with mainly clear skies overhead.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. Your best bet is to find a place where there are no obstructions to your view of the horizon.

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