Annual Perseid meteor shower reaches peak Friday night


Whether the 2017 Perseid meteor shower lives up to being one of the brightest on record Friday evening and Saturday morning remains to be seen.NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the show should be slightly better in the predawn hours of Saturday morning.Local amateur astronomer Dr. Robert Clarke, says the three-quarter moon that will come up about 11 Friday night will impact the viewing brightness of the meteor shower. The annual Perseid historically is one of the most spectacular meteor showers if the weather is favorable and the moon is not bright.
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Dr. Clarke says the Perseid tends to be one of the brightest meteor showers because the Comet Swift-Tuttle has laid a path of debris across our solar system.
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Clarke says meteor showers are named for the area of the sky from which they come or seem to come when you look in that direction.
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Clarke says the path of the debris we are moving through is quite wide.
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Friday evening/Saturday morning is the shower's peak, meaning the most meteors in the shortest amount of time can be viewed. However, action from the meteor can be seen both before and after that point.

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