Look up! The Perseid meteor shower is back


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — To all of the nighttime skywatchers out there, it’s time for the best meteor shower of the year.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak Monday night into Tuesday morning.

According to Jim Todd of OMSI, the Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus. The shower actually comes from tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are very popular because they are often fast, bright, and offer a peak of 60 to 100 meteors every hour most years.

So when is the best time to check these out? According to the International Meteor Organization, the Perseids will peak this year between noon on August 12th and into the early morning hours of the 13th.

As exciting as this is, there will be some interference if you try to watch the Perseids this year. A rather bright, near-full moon will take some of the visibility away but you’ll be able to still enjoy a slightly faint shower show. The meteors will accompany the moon and stars out of the north.

The forecast will be fairly clear at night. The best chance to see meteors requires leaving Portland and heading to where there is less light. If you’re interested, you can join the OMSI Star Party at Rooster Rock State Park or L.L. Stub Stewart State Park at 9 P.M.

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