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Shooting Star Season Sizzles With the Perseids (active now/peaking August)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 26, 2022 04:25PM
Active July 14 - August 24

The main event, as with most years, will be the peak of the Perseids, coming this year on the night of Aug. 11 and morning of Aug. 12. The American Meteor Society predicts up to a hundred meteors per hour could be visible from a dark sky with minimal light pollution.

Unfortunately, the moon will be at its full phase, providing a significant amount of light pollution much of the night during the Perseids peak. Even still, this shower remains worth venturing outside to check out on the peak night if you can get yourself to a viewing location with clear skies and no city lights.

There are some tricks you can employ to shut out the meddling moon on the Perseids' peak night. You can turn your back to the rising moon and even place a physical screen such as a wall or tall tree between you and the moon to reduce its impact on your view of the broader sky.

Regardless of when and where you try to see some shooting stars over the next few weeks, plan ahead and make sure to set aside at least an hour or two for the experience. You'll need at least 15 minutes for your eyes to adjust. Dedicating an hour to observation will make sure you aren't discouraged by the inevitable lulls in meteor activity, which can often be punctuated by sudden bursts of multiple meteors sizzling across the sky just seconds apart.

Don't forget to bring blankets or comfy chairs, and snacks to round out the experience
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