Meteor shower likely to be good, not eclipsed by moon
People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.
Astronomers say, Celestial timing will help people see more of the oldest meteor shower known to Earth, the Perseids, when they peak three Eastern Time, Thursday morning.
NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says, “That’s because the moon is almost new and there’s no moonlight to mess with the show”. The last time the Perseids peaked with little moonlight was 2007.
If the weather is good, expect one shooting star a minute, maybe more.
The skies will be clear for an unusually large section of the United States. Much of the East, Midwest and far West will be nearly cloudless. But the forecast isn’t as nice for Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Utah and Idaho.
The sky show is pieces of comet Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth’s atmosphere at more than 133,000 mph and burning up. The best way to watch this meteor display is to lie down, and look up, no telescopes needed.
If your skies aren’t clear or there’s too much light, NASA is broadcasting the Perseids from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. EDT with Cooke and other experts explaining what’s happening in the skies.
Online: NASA: http://www.nasa.gov