You don't have to be into astronomy and be a deep lover of astrology to find meteor showers absolutely glorious. They tend to show us how great our universe is and how much we don't truly get to see of it from the naked eye. That's why whenever they do come around, it's always good to look up at the sky and gaze them when they're visible. Sometimes they come on a cloudy night, but lucky for us the highly anticipated Perteid meteor shower this weekend will be clear to see on from various points in Georgia this weekend.
If you don't speak science, the Perseids (named after the constellation Perseus) is associated with the comet Swift Tuttle. They are visible about this same time every year, give or take a few days either way. This weekend, Aug 11-13 will be the peak viewing of the shower.
NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that because their will be nearly full on the night of the peak, this will "wash out the fainter Perseids." It is estimated that about 10-15 meteors will be visible to the nakes eye during the peak dates and times.
If you're night a night person, it may be best to take a nap before heading out to view the shower because viewing times at in the middle of the night. In Georgia, the best times to view will be Aug. 9 at 1:53 a.m.; Aug. 10 at 2:35 a.m.; Aug. 11 at 3:22 a.m.; Aug. 12 at 4:12 a.m. and Aug. 13 at 5:05 a.m.
According to Earthsy, these are the best places to view the meteor showers around Georgia, so you can choose the best one closest to you:
Dr. Ralph L. Buice Jr. Observatory, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta
Fort Mountain State Park, 181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth
North Georgia Astronomical Laboratory, 3000 Dawsonville Highway, Dahlonega
Stephen C. Foster State Park, 17515 Highway 177, Fargo
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield
Cooper's Creek Wildlife Management Area, 8653 Mulkey Gap Road, Suches
When viewing the shower, please give your eyes about 20 minutes to adjust, as they will be attempting to see in the dark. The entire show can take up to an hour to view so don't fall asleep while you're watching the universe be amazing.