The Perseid meteor shower is essentially the most spectacular meteor shower of the year over Michigan’s sky. Early reports say there are quite a few fireball meteors this go-round with the Perseid meteor shower.
Mike Murray, the astronomer at Delta College Planetarium, says you better not look forward to the eight nights of the Perseid meteors. He advises we better start looking now through August 9.
The height of the Perseid meteor showers is predicted between August 12 and August 13. Murray says that gained be one of the best time to view the meteors as a result of the moon will probably be full. The moonlight will hold the sky too bright to see quite a few meteors.
Between now and August 9 needs to be the best viewing, because the variety of meteors ramps up and the moonlight stays dim.
Astronomer Brian D. Ottum, Ph.D., says, “NASA’s network of all-sky cameras is picking up an unusually high variety of fireballs from the Perseids thus far this season. These are the actually bright meteors, as huge as pebbles and golf balls as an alternative of the usual grains of sand.” Murray thinks the elevated amount of fireballs is because of Earth shifting through the middle of the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle, where the density of rubble is bigger.
Slow-moving fireballs that scoot alongside the horizon are probably the most spectacular meteors to see. The most effective chance to see these gradual moving fireballs in during the evening hours, simply after dark.