PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This weekend will give you a good opportunity to check out the Perseid Meteor Shower over our area. Thanks to a nearly new moon light pollution will be much more limited. The meteor shower's peak will be visible Sat AM, Sun AM, & Mon AM over our area with as many as 70 meteors per hour and at least 40-50/hr likely.
The Perseid Meteor Shower results from Earth passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. It will be this weekend that Earth will densest, dustiest area behind the comet.
Here are some tips on watching the show from Earthsky.org...
General rules for Perseid-watching. No special equipment, or knowledge of the constellations, needed.
Find a dark, open sky to enjoy the show. An open sky is essential because these meteors fly across the sky in many different directions and in front of numerous constellations.
Give yourself at least an hour of observing time, for the meteors in meteor showers come in spurts and are interspersed with lulls. Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to adapt to the darkness of night. So don’t rush the process.
Know that the meteors all come from a single point in the sky. If you trace the paths of the Perseid meteors backwards, you’d find they all come from a point in front of the constellation Perseus. Don’t worry about which stars are Perseus. Just enjoying knowing and observing that they all come from one place on the sky’s dome.
Enjoy the comfort of a reclining lawn chair.