Ugh, the moon might be too bright for you to see the meteor shower tonight
Sky-watchers and meteor-viewers everywhere rejoice! The Perseid meteor is said to peak this weekend, and it’s sure to be beautiful. Unfortunately, there may be a slight hiccup to anyone’s meteor shower-viewing plan. Coincidentally, the moon will be making her entrance around the same time as the shower. And since she’s 80% full this weekend, she might actually block some of that meteor shower-viewing activity. (Ugh, thanks a lot, Moon. It’s not like we wanted to see the Perseids.)
Since this meteor shower happens only once a year, it’s probably a major bummer to all who were hoping to experience the phenomenal event in all of its un-obstructed glory. Might we suggest postponing for a year from now? Just kidding — although, actually, the 2018 shower is expected to coincide with a new moon. So maybe that’s not such a bad plan.
You can still see the Perseid meteor shower. It might take a little extra effort this year.
You may be asking yourself at this point, “How are meteor showers created and where do they come from?” Well, allow us to address your curious nature by giving a brief overview.
According to The Guardian and Dr. Michele Bannister, an astrophysicist at University Belfast, the meteor shower is basically a lot of cosmic debris.
Marvelous, stunning debris. But, debris, none the less.
If you’re still bent on seeing the meteor shower, and you want to skip the part where you camp out under the big sky, you can view it with a click of your mouse. Apparently, there’s a live stream on YouTube. We’ve even located it right here for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjk8zKkW4HU
And if this doesn’t do it for you, you may benefit from checking out Earthsky.org’s article, “How to watch 2017’s Perseid meteors.” There are a lot of helpful tips on how to view the meteor shower live.
Happy viewing, everybody!