The biggest meteor shower of the year peaks this week

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 08/09/2021, 7:34 PM

Photo Courtesy: NASA

(NATIONAL) The Perseid Meteor Shower is considered by many to be the biggest and brightest event of the year. And while NASA spotted their first Perseid of the year late last month, the event is expected to peak Wednesday night into Thursday morning, from midnight until dawn. 

So, how many Perseid meteors can you expect to see during the peak? Our experts at NASA say that all depends on where you are, and if you are willing to travel. 

If you live out in the country, you don’t have to travel far. Probably just your own backyard. If you step outside and can see the Milky Way and lots of stars with no clouds, we’re told you can expect to see 40 an hour. 

If you live in a suburban neighborhood, you can expect to see about 10 an hour. 

And if you live in a big city, you can expect that number to drop to two. 

No matter where you live, it’s recommended you follow the same steps if you want to get the most of this year’s big show:

1) Get comfortable, preferably horizontal. You can only lean backward for so long before developing a stiff neck!

2) Avoid lights as much as possible, including your cell phone, for at least 30 minutes before you start looking for Perseids. 

3) Find a wide view. The less trees and other obstacles that are competing for your eyeballs, the better! 


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