Learn how you can see shooting stars over Southwest Florida

James Marshall
August 13, 2020

The Perseid meteor shower occurs once a year when the Earth passes through the dust and debris of the Comet Swift-Tuttle.

One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak tonight, offering stargazers in the northern hemisphere a chance to see dozens of very fast and bright meteors.

The waning crescent moon and its inherent brightness however, will inhibit our viewing of the meteor show here in Acadiana.

This year, it will happen on August 12, but your best bet is to check out the sky the night before, depending on how bright the moon shines.

Cameras were pointed skyward around the world Monday night as the 2019 Perseid meteor shower peaked.

The best time to watch for meteors will be after 10 p.m. and before the moonrise that starts at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The meteors will peak Wednesday morning but will be visible on Tuesday and Thursday between midnight and dawn, according to NASA.

If those hours seem daunting, not to worry!

Weather forecasts for the area are now listed at partly cloudy until 9 p.m., and then mostly clear for most of the evening.

If you do get any pics, text them to us through the Wolf mobile app so we can share with folks that miss it. At 11pm, you're definitely more likely to see something.

What causes the Perseid meteor shower?

The type of meteors that may be visible on Tuesday are also known as "fireballs", with NASA saying: "Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak".

Why Are They Called Perseids?

The meteor shower will be visible in both north and south of the equator. Similarly, the Geminid meteor shower, observed each December, is named for a radiant in the constellation Gemini.

Nayak says it's important that you choose a location that is away from any sort of artificial light pollution. On a good year, Perseids can bring up to 100 meteors per hour. And some are from other weaker showers also active right now, including the Alpha Capricornids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Kappa Cygnids.

You can even enjoy the Perseids indoors, if that's more your style. If you see a meteor try to trace it backwards.

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