Night sky festival this weekend at Shenandoah National Park

Night sky festival this weekend at Shenandoah National Park

There's a way for everyone to watch the spectacular Perseids on Saturday and Sunday night as the annual meteor shower reaches its height.

If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year.

"The Perseid meteor shower is considered to be the best one in North America for the year", Vessey said. Or maybe even a little earlier, because, as NASA points out, it may take up to an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness-so give yourself plenty of time to settle in to view the meteors.

The shower is usually visible every year between July 17 and August 24 around the world, but it's especially impressive the nights of August 11, 12 and 13, when up to 200 "shooting stars" will cross the sky every hour.

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Update, Aug. 11 at 1:35 p.m.: Adds new weather info and more on the weekend show.

The Swift-Tuttle comet approaches every 133 years, leaving behind a trail of debris. A few clouds will pass by Saturday night, otherwise skies should be mostly clear.

Gianluca Masi, director of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, told the Perseid shower is something no astronomer would want to miss. Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. Gather a group of friends and sit in different directions, so it will be easier for you to find the radiant, i.e. the spot in the sky where all the meteors radiate from. Around 10 p.m., the meteors' visibility should begin to increase.

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