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Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky

August 09, 2018 - 7:38 am

DETROIT (WWJ) – The skies will be filled with a natural wonder this weekend -- just look up!

The Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaks Aug. 9-13, is one of the best opportunities to catch shooting stars all year. The Perseids are among the brightest meteor showers and can easily be seen with the naked eye.

As long as the skies are clear, you'll be able to see the celestial event from your own backyard. But your best opportunity to see the most of the show will be away from the constant hum of city lights.

Typical rates of Perseids are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.

"This meteor shower is so much fun for the family. If you want to do a night sky activity, this is the week and the timeframe to do it. The meteors can be seen, as long as there's no clouds, with just your eyes," DNR spokeswoman Elissa Buck told WWJ's Beth Fisher. 

Many state parks are holding special night viewings with the DNR's "Meteors & S'mores" programs. Bring blankets, chairs, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing – with complimentary s’mores and campfires. (CLICK HERE for a list of events) The state also has designated Dark Sky Preserves -- which are protected against light pollution -- located at six state parks.

An annual event in the sky for over 2,000 years, the Perseid Meteor Shower occurs each year in early August as the Earth passes through the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet.  The best time to see the show is between midnight and 1 a.m.