March 23, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Perseid Meteor Shower is an astronomical highlight of the summer for many people — and it’s about to hit its peak. 

Every summer, Perseid meteors fly across the sky between July and September, but they hit their peak shortly before mid-August.

Perseid Meteor approaches its peak

This year, astronomers expect the peak will occur on the night of August 11-12.

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“What we’re looking at is a meteor shower that we’re seeing the debris left behind by an apparent comet called Swift-Tuttle,” explained Jim Todd, director of space science education at OMSI. 

He said ice particles and rocks that are often no larger than a grain of sand enter Earth’s atmosphere. They encounter friction and create plasma, that’s the bright streak humans see flying across the sky called a meteor or shooting star. 

Most are destroyed during entry, but the rare few that survive and hit Earth’s surface are known as meteorites.  

The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to radiate out from Perseus. 

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Most years at its pinnacle, individuals can see 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dull spot, however those numbers may be somewhat higher than whatever individuals can hope to see this week. That is a result of the full moon on August 11. The moon’s splendor could bring about individuals seeing around 20% less meteors than they regularly would, Todd said.

Assuming that is the situation, Todd urges individuals to continue to watch the sky in the days after the pinnacle. They could wind up seeing more as the moon fades and turns out to be less splendid.

“Some of the time you’ll see more on like a few days after the fact than you will see on the pinnacle,” Todd said. “It doesn’t be guaranteed to mean you will see the most on the eleventh and twelfth.”

He said after 12 PM on the twelfth, the moon will be to a greater degree an element since it will stay splendid overhead until dawn.

The something helpful about the moon’s brilliance is it implies stargazers truly won’t see a very remarkable contrast spotting meteors on the off chance that they stay in the city or adventure out to the country. They’ll be challenging to recognize one way or the other.

For anybody expecting to catch photographs of meteors overhead, Todd suggests utilizing a DSLR camera and setting it up with a long openness, 5 to 10 minutes. He said pointing it around 30 degrees upper east would be a decent situation to catch the sky. Notwithstanding, there will never be an assurance the timing or it be all in all correct to position will.

Perseid Shower on its peak

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“It resembles going fishing. You put your line out, you simply don’t have the foggiest idea when you will get it,” Todd said.

The splendid moon will probably make some photographs overexposed, he cautioned.

Despite the fact that watchers will fight the twilight for a view, there ought not be numerous different snags in the manner. Todd brought up that the fierce blaze smoke hasn’t been as thick this late spring, permitting a superior perspective on the night sky, and KOIN 6 meteorologists say the night sky will stay clear Thursday and Friday.

On Friday, OMSI is facilitating its first Perseid Meteor Shower water party in quite a while. The occasion will occur at Rooster Rock State Park and starts at 9 p.m. All are welcome to bring loungers or covers and watch the night sky. Volunteers from the Rose City Astronomers will be there with telescopes for individuals to use to take a gander at meteors, the full moon, or Saturn, which will likewise be noticeable Friday.

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