CLEVELAND - What are you doing this weekend? You may want to head outside and glance at the sky Sunday night. The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking.
Those of us here in northern Ohio and in the northern hemisphere will be able to see one of the best celestial show of shooting stars from Aug. 11-13. The shower will peak on the night of Aug. 12, according to the International Meteor Organization and The American Meteor Society. But there should be plenty of shooting stars to see Sunday night as well.
The Perseids are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which has been observed for the last 2,000 years. According to NASA, the comet orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Earth tends to pass through cloud debris of ice and dust during the month of August. The shooting stars tend to originate close to the constellation Perseus. Hence the name.
The best viewing time is from around midnight thru 5 a.m. But you still should see several meteors flash through the sky once the sun goes down. Find a dark location, away from city lights, for the best viewing. Of course, you want skies to be clear as well. Grab a reclining lawn chair and your favorite beverage and focus on the sky. Some meteors are quick flashes of light. Others can leave longer, brighter trails of white to green.
The shower could produce up to 100 shooting stars per hour during its peak the night of Aug. 12.