Where do you go to stargaze in Waltham? Scope out a spot before this weekend because, weather-permitting, there will be quite the night-time show.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming.
According to Astronomy.com, the Perseid meteor shower has some added bonuses this year: It will occur on a night when the moon is in its waning crescent phase, which means the moonlight won't interfere with your view of the dashing meteors. Plus, a Saturday night, which means people can stay up late and sleep in the next day.
Unfortunately, according to WBZ meteorologist Barry Burbank, the best chance to see any shooting stars in this region will actually be Sunday night.
Perseid Meteor Trivia:
- These meteors travel 37 miles per second.
- The best time to view will be 2 a.m. on Aug. 12.
- The weather, so far, is predicted to be clear, so you should have a good view.
- The Perseid Meteors are castoffs of the Swift-Tuttle comet, according to Space.com.
- The shower began on July 23, and will peak the night of Aug. 11-12.
- Look toward the Perseus constellation, which forms an inverted "Y" shape and is in the northeast.
- Some of the meteroids are as small as a grain of sand, but they have the kinetic energy of a nuclear bomb!
- If you see a very slow, bright object sailing across the sky, it's either a satellite or a Space Station.
Where to view:
- You don't need a telescope to view this celestial event, so just head out to a dark spot.
- For a list of astronomy centers in and around Boston, click here