View shooting stars during Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12

View shooting stars during Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12

This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display.

You won't be able to see as many meteors when you're in a place with light pollution, which includes most of America.

But in order to enjoy the sight of "shooting stars", clear skies are necessary.

Around this time every year, Earth ventures into the wake of an ancient comet called Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind trillions of particles.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights.

The shower occurs every year between July 17 and August 24, and tends to peak around August 9 to 13. The ice and dust from that field then burn up in our atmosphere, creating the meteor shower.

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.

The best viewing conditions this weekend will likely be over the northern and central Great Plains as well as parts of the Midwest, where skies are expected to be generally clear.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory.

Here are 5 facts to know about the Perseid meteor 2018. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

Where is the best place to view them?

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