Conspiracy building to keep you from seeing Perseid Meteor Shower tonight

Posted August 12, 2017

Previous reports revealed that the Perseid Meteor Shower can be viewed in North American skies during the weekend of August 11-13.

Fortunately, Nasa will also be making a live broadcast of the meteor shower available.

However, according to Tadros, the moon's gibbous phase - the last before a full moon - did not prevent the public from witnessing the phenomenon, as the Perseids are rich in fireballs. Though the meteors will appear to fall at about half the rate as prior years, viewers can still expect to see around 40 to 50 meteors per hour.

The Perseids can be seen every year when Earth passes through the trail of the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

The moon, which will be three-quarters full at the time of the peak, will rise around 11 p.m.

The shower may be slightly better in the predawn hours of August 12, but there will be a decent showing both nights.

Although it will go on for a few days it will peak on Saturday, August 12. But if you want a chance to see even more meteors, you can drive out beyond the city to places with less light pollution.

Saturday night, we still have rain lingering into early Sunday along with some clouds, so that leaves Sunday night being the best night to view these for most of New England. You won't need any fancy equipment to spectate this wonderful astrological event as the naked eye is the best choice to view the meteor shower. Typical rates of Perseids are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers each year, occuring when Earth moves through the path of comet Swift-Tuttle from Jul. 17 through August 24, with the actual peak at 1 p.m. August 12.

There also might be some "increased activity" on 13 August, which means if you miss catching the shower once, you may be able to spot it the next night.

The meteoroids travel at a speed of about 60km per second.

"When the comet gets close to the sun - not that close, but in the inner solar system - it melts a little and leaves a lot of debris behind", explained Cathy Cox, Ph.D., a physics professor at Lake Tahoe Community College. The shooting stars will appear as if they're coming from the direction of the constellation Perseus.