The Perseid Meteor Shower Will Brighten Boca's Skies This Week (If You Can Get Away From The Lights, Anyway)
You might want to grab a cup of coffee big enough to keep you awake for this natural phenomenon.
The Perseid meteor shower will peak late Wednesday night through Thursday morning, and the show should be even more visible than usual because it's timed with the new moon.
For the sky’s most dedicated stargazers, the best time to watch will be at 4 a.m., when up to 100 meteors per hour should be visible, according to NASA.
The shower’s name comes from the constellation Perseus, which is where all the meteors appear to come from. In actuality, the meteors come from trails of dust left by comets as they circle the sun. When these bits of comet dust (or meteors) come in contact with the earth’s atmosphere, they burn up and become the shooting stars we love to see.
According to AccuWeather, people in states like Nevada, Montana or Kentucky will have the best view of the meteor shower. Because of the darker, moonless sky that night, visibility should still be fair in South Florida, but those who can get away from the city lights will likely see the most meteors.
Find an inland park or go to the beach for optimal meteor-watching darkness. Bring towels and blankets so you can watch lying down, and don’t forget the caffeine to keep from falling asleep.
(Image via Flickr/Dave Dugdale)