The 2018 Perseid meteor shower, a popular summer star-gazing event, should be more vibrant than other years.
Viewing here in West Michigan appears to be fair to good as of this writing.
Skies are expected to be partly cloudy overnight Saturday into Sunday, while Sunday night into Monday looks mostly cloudy and less favorable for viewing.
The Perseids are made up of pieces of space debris that originate from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.
As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 37 miles per second, they burn up and streak across the sky. These internationally recognized areas possess an exceptional quality of starry nights, making them ideal for shows like this one.
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As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.
Your eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark, NASA said. Stargazers won't need to look at any particular point in the sky to catch a glimpse of a shooting meteor.
Capturing the fleeting light show requires some luck as meteors quickly strike through the starry skies.
Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.
If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. "You don't want binoculars".
For casual and die-hard astronomers alike, the middle of August means the return of the Perseid meteor shower.