It’s a big week for fans of space. The Perseid meteor shower is hitting its peak.
During the annual meteor shower – known to be one of the most reliable of the year – we typically see anywhere from 80-100 meteors, also known as “shooting stars.”
But when it hits “peak performance” on Aug. 12-13, there may be another big event stealing its shine, Mike Murray of the Delta College Planetarium said on this week’s edition of “All Over the Space” with WWJ’s Erin Vee.
The August full moon – also known as the “Sturgeon Moon” – will peak around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. That means the glow of the full moon will drown out a lot of the action from the meteor shower.
“But don’t worry, if you’re still outside, or maybe you’re out camping, one of the nice things about the Perseids is they do have a lot of fireballs – which means meteors brighter than the planet Venus,” Murray said.
So while you may not see the normal hourly rate of the Perseids, you’ll still get to see the brighter ones.
“And some of those brighter ones will leave glowing vapor trails,” Murray said. “So if you want to try for it, go for it.
Murray says the best way to see the meteor shower is to go outside in a wide open space and point a reclining lawn chair towards the northeast.
In addition to this week’s shows in the sky, Murray also talks about a popular upcoming show at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City.
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