Watch: Incredible Meteor Shower Visible In New York State This Thursday
This Thursday and Friday, a meteor shower will light up the sky in New York State. The Perseids, which are usually active from July through September each year, will be making an appearance this week. According to the Times-Union,
The Perseids specifically are fragments from the Comet Swift-Tuttle. Every summer around this time, Earth passes near the path of this comet, and its especially fast-moving debris create an abundant meteor shower that is widely regarded by space fans as one of the best of the year.
Perseids are also known for their fireballs.
Although the Perseid meteor shower has been active, the best time for viewing will be this week,
The Perseid meteor shower c will peak on the night of Thursday, Aug. 11 into the early hours of Friday, Aug. 12, according to the American Meteor Society.
NASA recommends that you watch from a dark, rural area. The more stars you can see in the sky, the better view of the Perseids you will likely have. In order to catch the meteor shower at the best time, you'll need to set an alarm and you'll probably want some coffee. The early hours of the morning are recommended for watching,
Theoretically, the best time to watch the Perseids is just before the break of dawn when the radiant lies highest in a dark sky. This is usually around 04:00 local time. Experienced observers often say the hour between 03:00 and 04:00 is usually the best, not 04:00 to 05:00.
EarthSky says that the moon could potentially hamper the visibility of the meteor shower, so you may want to start watching earlier this week,
Unfortunately, the moon will be up all night during the predicted peak of 2022’s Perseid meteor shower.
If you're just not able to watch this week, it will be visible again, but not until late October.
The best weather conditions for watching the Perseids and the supermoon are predicted across much of the West Coast, the nation's heartland and a swath of the Ohio Valley, interior Northeast and St. Lawrence Valley.