MICHIGAN – If you can only see a meteor shower this year, it should be the Perseids. They fly straight over the sky and will reach their climax overnight from the 11th to the 12th of August and from the 12th to the 13th of August. Of course, whether or not you can see it in the Michigan area depends on the weather conditions, but all signs point to a spectacular show during the main data, as the moon will only be a narrow sliver of a crescent.
Normally, the Perseids produce about 60-70 meteors per hour for years, and they are typically rich in fireballs. In breakout years like 2016, the rate can more than double to about 150 to 200 meteors per hour.
Dark Sky Preserves in Michigan
For the best views, find a dark sky. It can be your backyard if you live in a rural area; Others may need to get creative. The best places in Michigan are the Dark Sky Preserves.
Dark Sky Preserves are protected from light pollution and are ideal places for stargazing. Michigan is the home of the state-owned Dark Sky Preserves in six state parks. There are also many superb night sky vistas over more than 1
Headlands Dark Sky Park (Emmet County Park) is the only internationally recognized Dark Sky Park in the state and offers additional opportunities to view the night sky.
Dark Sky Preserves are located in the following state parks:
Michander's magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower can be seen during the "Meteors & S & mores" in the participating parks from 9 to 13 August 2018 ,
Bring blankets, seating, insect repellent and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing – campers and visitors are welcome! Free mores and campfires are part of the celebration. In each park designated viewing and sightseeing times are set.
Visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS to make a reservation
What to Expect
NASA meteorologist Bill Cooke says that unusual claims often include reports of celestial events including one last year the Perseids would be the "brightest shower in recorded human history" and meteors could be visible during the day.
While indisputably stunning, the Perseids never reach storm levels of thousands of meteors per hour, Cooke said, noting that the best perseid performance in the records was in 1993 when they were flying at speeds in excess of 300 meteors per hour ,
But that should not tarnish your plans for observing meteors at all.
While both nights of the summit will be spectacular, check out the best meteor shower of the year from August 12 to 13, Cooke said. The meteorites start to fly after midnight and continue until the morning hours.
"This year, the moon will be new moon, it will be a crescent moon, which means it will be used before midnight," said Cooke Weltraum.com. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and this is likely to make the Perseids the best shower in 2018 for people who want to go out and see."
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The Perseids, which are annual from July 17-Aug. 24, emerge when the earth flies through the 1862 discovered dust of 1872 discovered comet Swift-Tuttle. The summit occurs when the earth passes through the densest, dustiest area.
The debris heats up as they invade Earth's atmosphere and burn in a bright burst of light as they travel across the sky at about 37 miles per second. Most meteors are about the size of a grain of sand, so there's little chance of them being meteorized to Earth.
The meteors fall between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but just look up and you should be able to see them from all over the sky.
Prepare to sit outside for a few hours. The longer you watch, the more you will see. It takes about half an hour for your eyes to get used to the darkness. Definitely bring a comfortable camping chair or maybe even a blanket so you can lie down on the floor and enjoy a panoramic view.
While waiting for the Perseids, you should be able to see Mars until about 4 o'clock local time and Saturn, which will be visible until about 2 o'clock local time. Venus and Jupiter both stopped at 9:30 and 11:00 pm, respectively, before the main observing hours for the Perseids.
Image: At the beginning of August 12, 2016, a Perseid meteor roams over Inspiration Point over the sky. in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual depiction, known as the Perseid Shower, because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation of Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit through the debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)