The night skies in the last few months have given us the rare “super flower blood moon” lunar eclipse, “ring of fire” solar eclipse, and a beautiful strawberry supermoon. Now, the Perseid Meteor Shower, the best of the year.
If you have seen a “shooting star” lately, more than likely you caught one of the Perseids. They are most active from late mid-July to late August.
According to NASA, the meteor shower peaks in mid-August this year on August 11, 12, and 13.
Under ideal conditions, skywatchers can expect to see up to 100 meteors per hour — a much higher amount than most other showers.
We do most all of our night sky watching from the many great areas around Texarkana Lake, but Milwood Lake also offers some great areas away from the night lights of town. Get out where it is good and dark, the best viewing will be after 9:00 pm, but you can expect to see most of the activity in the early morning hours. The experts tell us that for the Central Time Zone, the times will be from 9:27 pm on the 11th to 4:59am on the 12th.
This video will give you much more information on how to best watch the Perseids…