NBC4 Meteorologist Matt Ritter said the best time to view the meteor shower in our area will be Sunday night, since the sky across the region should be clear.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. "At best, they outburst from a normal rate of 80 to 100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", not all of which can be seen. The forecast in the Kawarthas is mainly cloudy both for tonight and Saturday night.
It is named after the Perseus constellation, as that is where the shooting stars appear to come from.
The Perseids meteor shower takes place in mid-August.
"After midnight, the part of the earth that we're on is going face-first into the meteors, so that's when we can see more of them", said Young, who manages the planetarium and science gallery at the Manitoba Museum. With a chance of scattered thunderstorms on Friday night, it looks like Saturday night (partly cloudy) will provide the best chance to see some of the meteors streaking across the sky.
Stargazers hoping to watch the event should find an area away from light pollution and get settled in a comfortable position, allowing about half an hour for their eyes to acclimatize to the dark. But it could be a good warm-up to the total solar eclipse on august 21, which could cover a roughly 70-mile-wide corridor from OR to SC.
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