.

Best Place and Time to View Perseids in Midtown

With only overcast skies (and clear!) forecast over Midtown, we should be able to get a good view of the Perseids meteor shower, which is set to peak this weekend.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday nights is for overcast to clear skies with overnight low temperatures in the mid-60s.

The best place to see the Perseids meteor shower in Midtown might be Piedmont Park.

(Do you know of a great location? Share it in the comments section below!)

The Perseids are a meteor shower visible when the Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. The meteor shower has been visible for about 2,000 years. The Swift-Tuttle comet orbits once every 133 years, according to NASA.

“The Perseids can be seen all over the sky, but the best viewing opportunities will be across the northern hemisphere,” according to a 2011 NASA release. “Those with sharp eyes will see that the meteors appear to radiate from the direction of the constellation Perseus.”

Viewing Tips

At its peak, the Perseids meteor shower could display up to 40 meteors per hour in the pre-dawn hours Sunday. The American Meteor Society recommends viewing this meteor shower between midnight and dawn Saturday and Sunday.

Space.com has these tips and more:

Get as far away from city and other artificial lights as possible. Meteor showers are best viewed in really dark skies. Try to keep the moon out of your field of vision, too.

Be patient. It may take your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the light and see the meteors.

You don’t need binoculars or a telescope – that will only limit the amount of sky you can see.

Tammy August 10, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Just remember that the park is closed between 11 pm and 6 am. If the cops catch you in there during that time they can ticket you or haul you off to jail.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thanks for the reminder, Tammy. Maybe not the best suggestion in hindsight. Is it Friday yet? Wait ...
Marc Acampora August 10, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Unfortunately, it's too dangerous to be out in Midtown in the pre-dawn hours.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something