Stargazers to witness Perseids meteor shower this weekend
Aug 10 2017
If you're looking to catch sight of the Perseid meteor shower in MI, your best chance is Saturday night, according to Raymond Bullock, program presenter at the Cranbrook Institute of Science's Acheson Planetarium.
The Perseid meteor shower is associated with the Swift-Tuttle comet.
The annual Perseids is predicted to be one of the most spectacular shows in years - with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. They hit our atmosphere at a distance of 50 to 75 miles with a speed that can be 25,000 or even 160,000 miles per hour. With up to 200 meteors recorded per hour, scientists called 2016's shower an outburst.
As for the Perseid meteor shower per se, they pose no direct threats to people back on Earth.
The Perseids are bits and pieces of cosmic dust and debris left in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Alternatively, a live broadcast of the shower will be shown via the Slooh website on August 12 from 8 p.m.
What causes the meteor shower?
It may be that we've debunked that exhausted "Mars will be as big as the Moon" meme enough that the internet needed something new to go viral. Rising at around 11 p.m. on Friday night, and around midnight on Saturday night, the Moon will present a source of light pollution in the sky, that will washed out numerous fainter meteors. If our planet happens to pass through an unusually dense clump of meteoroids - comet rubble - we'll see an elevated number of meteors. But we'll see some meteors nonetheless.
It is noted that the most intensive it will be on the night of 12 on 13 August.
Its name comes from the point at which the meteors appear to come from - its radiant - in the constellation of Perseus.
Ali Amur al Shaibani, an Omani astronomer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, said enthusiasts must go at a spot with clear sky view without any urban light pollution, and look towards the northeast.