Across Idaho and the nation, people are gearing up for a celestial event of epic proportions: the August 21 solar eclipse.
In August of 2018, the Perseid meteor shower will be pretty incredible, as the peak night for seeing it will coincide with a new moon.
In the United Kingdom, it will peak at around 11.05pm on Saturday 12 August and should be visible from most areas. The space agency stated that they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
You're in luck if you live in the northern hemisphere or above mid-southern latitudes, because you'll have the clearest view of the shower on Saturday night and Sunday morning. This means it will be nearly impossible to see any meteors after the moon rises. An astronomer with the Royal Astronomical Society reported that viewers may only see 20 meteors per hours if they are lucky.
Light pollution from the cities will also make it hard to see the meteors tonight. And as this event is happening right before the aforementioned solar eclipse, it serves as a reminder of other interesting astronomical phenomenon. "Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly". This shower is a yearly occurrence, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, we get an action-packed show of space dust.
With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley.
The best night for viewing in Mid-Michigan will be Saturday.
However, "The Perseids will be a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak", Space.com quoted Cooke.