PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) – The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will begin this week and will be visible in Central Illinois as long as the weather cooperates. What is often called shooting stars, the falling dust from the trail of a comet will be visible in the pre-dawn sky on the 11th, 12th, and 13th (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). Earth is passing through the trail of this comet and the dust burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, allowing for 50-70 streaks of light to be visible to the naked eye.
“I think this is the best meteor shower of the year it’s your best chance to see those bright streaks simply cross through the sky that we call shooting stars.” Said Renar Kerrigan, Curator of Science and Planetarium Director at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
“Just a little bit before sunrise set your alarm and go outside and look up, and you’ll probably see some streaks of light across the sky, you can expect between 50 and 70, per hour.” Said Kerrigan. She also recommends you leave city light pollution behind you, about 20 miles away from the city should give you a very nice, deep and dark sky.
As long as the weather permits, this is a fantastic opportunity for astronomy hobbyists to get a look at an out-of-this-world phenomenon.