Why Wyoming is Best For Meteor Shower Viewing August 12
We have a lot of ‘nothing’ here in Wyoming and that puts us at a distinct advantage in watching the heavens at night, very little light pollution overall.
On our annual trip around the sun, the Earth is about to pass through the debris field or tail, of the 16-mile wide Swift-Tuttle Comet and the results will be fantastic night shows in the sky. In fact, this year’s meteor shower will be spectacular with 150 to 500 Perseids per hour instead of the usual 80. You can thank the gravitational boost from Jupiter for the increase.
The debris field is so wide, Earth will spend weeks passing through it, between July 17 and Aug. 24. The peak viewing time will be Friday morning, Aug. 12.
Where Is Wyoming’s Best View For Meteor Shower? “Get outta town.”
You’ll want to take advantage of a clear dark night sky, away from the city or any lights, starting at around 10 p.m., with the best viewing at around midnight and into the early morning hours.
We have a lot of ‘nothing’ here in Wyoming, and that puts us at a distinct advantage in watching the heavens at night, very little light pollution overall.
They will appear to come out of the Perseus constellation, hence the name Perseids Meteor Shower. Perseus is an ancient hero from Greek mythology.
Here’s to clear skies.