Good time for viewing meteor shower in TucsonPosted: Updated:
It's been a while since the skies were clear enough in August for us to see one of night's greatest shows.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking right now and if you're in the right spot at the right time, you're in for a show sure to light up the the sky.
"For the past few weeks there's a meteor show called the Perseids," says UA Senior Research Specialist Carl Hergenrother.
Named after the constellation where it sits in the night sky, the Perseids meteor shower has been hard to see the last few years because of the rainfall we usually experience during august.
"Right now the forecast is pretty good and last year it was cloudy the whole time, so it's kind of hit or miss," says Hergenrother.
And if you don't want to miss it you may have to wake up a tad early to see it. "You can see it any hour of the night but it's best to wait after 2 O'clock in the morning."
You can see it earlier just not as many falling stars.
Around midnight you'll be able to watch 10-12 fly by in a hour, at 2 A.M.-- the amount goes up nearly 3 fold.
If you want to check out the night sky... "The radiant for the Perseus rises in the north east early in the evening, Straight over head. Find a sleeping bag or reclining lawn chair and lay down, taking in as much sky as possible," explains Hergenrother.