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Perseid Meteor Showers in Philadelphia Sky August 11-13 2017
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/11/17 12:32 am | updated: 08/11/17 12:32 am
 
Each August as the Earth's annual orbit takes it through the remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle/109P, we are treated to a dramatic show of meteors streaking through the sky called the Perseids. Named because they seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus, this meteor shower will peak tonight Friday August 11th through Saturday August 12th. It is not uncommon to see up to 100 meteors an hour with the Perseids.

The forecast is for clear skies in the Philadelphia area early Friday morning, but scattered thunderstorms for Saturday morning. The summer temperatures will make viewing late at night very comfortable. The moon is in a waning gibbous phase and may cause some light interference as it will be in the sky all night. The best times to look are after midnight until close to dawn.

The height of the shower should be Friday night the 11th into Saturday morning. The show will begin between 11 p.m. and midnight on Friday night and continue until dawn Saturday the 12th. Thursday night into Friday and Saturday night into Sunday could also be very good for seeing shooting stars.

The constellation Perseus will rise in the northeast skies so focusing your attention there is a good place to start, but meteors can fly across any point in the sky. The best place to watch in Philadelphia is anywhere in an open field with clear views of the sky. And of course, as far away from the city lights as you can get the better. You will want to get comfortable and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Bring a blanket so you can lie down and look up without straining your neck.

 
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