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2017 Perseids Meteor Shower

There’s a show in the sky this weekend… up to 200 meteors per hour!
By - posted 8/10/2017

It’s the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

The annual Perseids meteor shower is the glittery result of Earth’s passage through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, so you should expect to see meteor rates as high as 200 per hour  – as long as you are away from light pollution and the clouds stay away.

2017 Perseids Meteor Shower
Late Late nights of August 11-12, 2017 | Midnight to dawn
Peak: Late Late Thursday night / Early Friday morning

No matter where you live worldwide, the 2017 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. In a dark, moonless sky, this shower often produces 50 or more meteors per hour.

But in 2017, you’ll have to contend with the glaring light of a bright waning gibbous moon, which rises at mid-evening. But a good number of these Perseid meteors are bright, so you should be able to see some Perseids, despite the moonlit glare.

The Best Places to Watch in the Bay Area? For the best viewing, make sure you get away from city lights. 7×7 has a great writeup of the best places in the Bay Area for stargazing including Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, Lands End in San Francisco, Mt. Hamilton in San Jose, the Chabot Space Center in the Berkeley Hills (which has free telescope stargazing events on most Fridays and Saturdays) and many others.

Read more at earthsky.org


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