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Perseid Meteor Shower to Dazzle

Gig Harbor viewers should be able to observe around 80 "shooting stars" per hour during this year's Perseid Meteor Shower this Saturday night.

According to Astronomy.com, the Perseid Meteor shower has some added bonuses this year. It will occur on a night when the moon is in its waning crescent phase, which means the moonlight won't interfere with your view of the dashing meteors, and it's on a Saturday night, which means Gig Harbor residents can stay up late and sleep in the next day.

You don't even need a telescope. Just spread out a blanket, maybe a late-night picnic, lay back and enjoy!  

Perseid Meteor Trivia:

  • These meteors travel 37 miles per second!
  • The best time to view will be 2 a.m. on Aug. 12.
  • The local weather, so far, is predicted to be partly cloudy.
  • The Perseid Meteors are cast-offs of the Swift-Tuttle comet, according to Space.com.
  • The shower began on July 23 and will peak the night of Aug. 11-12. 
  • Look toward the Perseus constellation, which forms an inverted "Y" shape and is in the northeast.
  • Some of the meteroids are as small as a grain of sand, but they have the kinetic energy of a nuclear bomb!
  • If you see a very slow, bright object sailing across the sky, it's either a satellite or a Space Station.   

Where to view:

  • You don't need a telescope to view this celestial event, so just head out to a dark spot. 

If you snap a great photo of the shower, share your pictures with us!

Akiko Oda August 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I didn't see a "shower", but I did see a single shooting star near Tacoma while driving home from Seattle late Saturday night! Did you catch any of the shooting star that night?

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