Perseid meteor shower visible late Sunday, early Monday

Perseid meteor shower visible late Sunday, early Monday

Perseid meteor shower visible late Sunday, early Monday

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by Jordan Gray

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 11:30 AM

If you want to catch a great show this weekend, all you'll have to do is go outside and look up.
  
That's because the annual Perseid meteor shower will be be visible Saturday through Monday morning.
  
NASA said that at the peak of the shower, they expect to see up to 100 meteors an hour. This year's shower promises to be special for another reason. Jupiter, Venus, and the crescent Moon will join the Perseids in the skies above the Treasure Valley.

 


 

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So when is the best time to pop outside for a look? NASA said that you can usually catch the meteors after 10 to 11 p.m. For the best view though, you'll want to wait until the dark hours immediately before dawn.

This year, your smartphone can help make you into an honorary NASA researcher. Go to your Android or Apple app store and download the "Meteor Counter" application. You can use it to count the shooting stars and then send it to NASA. NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office will then use your data to study and model the Perseid debris stream.

 

 

 

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