Perseids Meteor Shower

Maybe you love lying under the stars. Maybe you'll like to pretend that every meteor is a falling star because you have a lot to wish for. Maybe you enjoyed the movie Armageddon and your destructive imagination could use a good visual.

*****Since this seems to be confusing people-- this isn't an actual event. You watch the shower on your own, I'm just trying to inform you. You can watch it wherever you are, not just in College Park. Just open your eyes and look up.*****

*Quote regarding the shower referring to *August 12th*, the best time to view the shower: "The Perseid meteor shower should be at its peak late tonight (August 11th), and this year there’s no moonlight to interfere. The best time to watch is from 11 p.m. (eastern time) tonight (the 11th of August) until dawn (on the 12th of August). Dress warmly and find a dark spot with an open view of the sky. Lie back in a sleeping bag (good mosquito armor), let your eyes adapt to the dark, and gaze up into the stars. The best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest. You may see a meteor once a minute on average, fewer if your sky is light-polluted. The shower is also active for several days before and after its peak."

The meteor shower can be viewed anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere and it happens around the same time every year.

If you want to see the meteors, go somewhere away from city lights (if possible). Bring a sleeping bag or lawn chair, kick back and watch the skies. The best time to see the meteors is the night of the 11th of August to the morning of the 12th-- between 2 a.m. to dawn (eastern time) on August 12th are prime viewing times. The meteors will be visible for a few days before and after that, so keep an eye out.  (450x339, 26Kb)