Starting tonight and through the weekend, Shenandoah National Park will be hosting the "Night Sky Festival", with space-related activities, and a front row seat to a meteor shower.
You won't be able to see as many meteors when you're in a place with light pollution, which includes most of America. The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle anticipates we will see as many as 100 "shooting stars" per hour. The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, so every August, the Earth passes through the comet's debris field.
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. This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12.
The best time to catch the shower is around 10pm, but really any time when the sky is dark enough will do the trick. This annual occurrence is just one of the many cosmic phenomenon that we've seen this year (so far). The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus. Allow your eyes some time to adjust.
Nichols says to drive about 60 to 70 miles outside of the city for the best chance of seeing the Perseid Meteor. Your best bet is to find a place where there are no obstructions to your view of the horizon. In contrast, clouds, showers and scattered thunderstorms will thwart prospective meteor watchers in a swath extending from the southern Great Plains northeast through the Carolinas, the Middle Atlantic states and on up into the so-called "Northeast Corridor", running from Washington and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks.
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