If you enjoy star-gazing, and meteor showers especially, now’s the time. NASA says the height in mid-August, is probably going to be one among the foremost impressive chances to catch the annual Perseids meteor event for several years. The experts said the night of Aug. 11 starts peak viewing, especially for those that can get to dark sky areas and let their eyes adjust. The crescent moon sets relatively early, leaving peak viewing hours from midnight until dawn. “The night of Aug. 12-13 are going to be another great opportunity to ascertain the Perseids,” NASA said.
This year is perhaps getting to offer better viewing than subsequent two years as 2022 will feature a full-of-the-moon during the Perseids’ peak and in 2023 there’ll be a waning crescent high within the sky. NASA recommends finding somewhere comfortable and taking steps to avoid bright lights, light your phone, the maximum amount possible. And more excellent news, our 2News weather team says smoke should be light enough in northern Utah that we will see the show.
VisitUtah says the very best concentration of international dark sky parks and communities are in Utah. There are many dark places in Utah but there are 18 certified dark sky parks, all around the state, viewable with descriptions and a map at: visitutah.com/places-to-go/dark-sky-parks Also tonight, like every Wednesday night, the University of Utah, the the Physics Building at 115 South, 1400 East has free a astronomical observatory open at the UofU’s Dept. of Physics and Astro, freed from cost to the overall public throughout the year on Wednesday nights. On Aug. 11 it opens at 9 p.m. There you’ll see planets and various heavenly objects. it is not clear if the group will stay late enough for peak meteor viewing.
But you’ll also attend canyons, desert locations, or anywhere else you’ll escape lights from cars and cities. you’ll try darkskymeter.com/ to measure how your possible viewing area is going to be. it’s an app, a lightweight pollution atlas, and tons more for you to play with. you’ll also consult the American Meteor Society.
Being within the dark isn’t enough, because it can take your eyes up to a half-hour to regulate deep darkness, which includes light from a phone. then, within the darkest locations, and Utah features a lot of them, you would possibly spot as many as 40 meteors, what many call shooting stars, each hour. If you reside during a city, you continue to have an opportunity to ascertain some, but light pollution cuts the appearances right down to “only a couple of every hour,” consistent with NASA.
The meteor stream is known as after the constellation Perseus, near Aries and Taurus if that helps, but the constellation is often hard to identify so NASA recommends just looking up toward the north to enjoy the show. The streaking lights are literally fragments of the comet Swift-Tuttle. It orbits between the Sun and heads out beyond Pluto once every 133 years. Earth moves through the trail of the comet per annum and humans looking up simply see the debris left behind. In case you would like to understand what else is in August’s skies, here is what’s up from the reaction propulsion Laboratory.