Perseid Meteor Shower to Peak Friday/Saturday

By: Meteorologist Mark Henderson
By: Meteorologist Mark Henderson

Normally, the Perseid Meteor Shower affords us the opportunity to witness between 50-70 meteors per hour during its peak. This year, our odds of seeing much out of this, if anything, appear rather remote for a couple of reasons.

Reason number one: Clouds... After a string of clear, cool, comfortable nights, it appears as though a steady influx of clouds will begin migrating into the Stateline during the afternoon hours Friday, and continuing to thicken as the night wears on. Saturday night may be a bit more optimistic from a cloud cover standpoint, however, I wouldn't hedge any bets on it.

Reason number two: Moon... Even if the skies above were to be completely cloud-free, there's an even bigger complication. This year's peak also happens to coincide with a full moon, which will illuminate the sky , and in turn will severely inhibit the viewing of the meteors and any fainter shooting stars.

That said, we'll have other opportunities. The Leonid and Geminid Meteor Showers aren't all that far away.

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