UW hosting 'Star Party' to view annual Perseid meteor shower

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Monday, August 12, the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch.

The National Weather Service forecasts that skies will be mostly covered in clouds tonight as rain moves in. Monday's moon phase will obstruct visibility, making it hard to see more than 15 to 20 meteors per hour.

This is because the direction, or radiant, from which the shower seems to come in the sky lies in the same direction as Perseus. "At Virtual Telescope, we will share it live, online, for you to enjoy it from the comfort of your home". Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for observing tips, live webcasts, and more. If clouds or other obstacles get in the way, tune into the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page for a live camera feed from Alabama starting around 6 p.m. PT on August 12. The page writes "Heads up, Earthlings!"

A meteorite of the swarm of meteorites Perseida illuminate at the sky above Salgotarjan, Hungary, early Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Get ready to look up over the next 48 hours. Interested viewers can head to rooftops and clearings with a good view of the sky directly overhead.

Look up! The Perseids are coming our way again.

Sky enthusiasts have a treat in-store for them tonight as the much-anticipated Perseid meteor shower arrives. "So keep your eyes peeled, and happy stargazing!"

The event is one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurring each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

It's time to revisit one of the best meteor showers of the year, the Perseids.

The meteor shower is widely considered to be the best one of the year because of the brightness and speed of the meteors as well as the optimal time of year for outdoor viewing. "However, there are so many meteors during this shower, don't hesitate to view during the evening", Samuhel said. But August 12 marks the shower's main peak where hundreds of shooting stars light up the night.

But it is worth the effort, with up to 100 meteors an hour expected to streak across the sky.

"Perseids are not only numerous, they are handsome". "They are multi-colored and many are bright".

But not to fret; should you miss the bulk of the meteors this week, though the number per hour will drop off, some stragglers should hang around until August 24. According to experts, the number of meteors will increase at around 10 pm during the shower's peak.

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