Tuesday Trivia: wanna watch the Perseid meteor shower?

Best meteor shower of the year peaks this weekend

During the Perseid meteor showers, most visible across the USA on Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, people may witness 50 to 100 meteors per hour in clear, summer night skies.

Experts say that the show will take place on the nights of August 11-13 with about 60-70 meteors falling each hour during the peak hours.

Why does this occur every summer?

The meteors create a spectacular light show as they burn up in our atmosphere and travel around 37 miles per second so don't blink you might miss it.

The Perseid meteor shower is back, space enthusiasts. In the Puget Sound region, the National Weather Service forecasts clear skies Thursday and Sunday, likely making those two days the best for viewing.

Unfortunately the earth will pass through the thickest part of the dust field during the day on Friday and will not be visible but at night there will be enough debris to see the light show. The higher the radiant, the more meteors appear all over the sky. As a bonus, Mars and Saturn should also be easily viewable. However, most like the Perseid, can only be seen under ideal conditions, which according to Blake, will take place August 10-14.

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Boyle says the meteors, which are shooting starts are the size of a grain of sand and some of the bigger stars can generate fireballs that light up the sky and ground.

Here are 5 facts to know about what to expect and where in IL the meteor show can be seen.

If you decide to go shooting star spotting, don't forget to let your eyes adjust to the dark for about 15 to 20 minutes.

It's a good year to watch the Perseids, according to Mel Blake, associate professor for physics and astronomy, and director of the University of North Alabama Planetarium.

The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August.

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