Best meteor shower of 2018 visible over Middle TN this weekend

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In the Astronomical League guidebook "Observe Meteors", astronomers David Levy and Stephen Edberg wrote, "We have seen Perseids coming in such rapid succession that counting and recording were hard, followed by slack periods with little activity".

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

The annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower is due to reach its peak late on Sunday night (Aug. 12) into the predawn hours of Monday morning.

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How can you see the meteor shower? It's best seen in dark skies after 10pm, with more meteors closer to dawn. Even if you're a casual observer, you should be able to look up and see 60-70 meteors per hour during the peak.

Lake Afton Public Observatory, 25000 W. 39th Street South in Goddard, will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, where visitors can look through the telescope to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and potentially Venus.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere.

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet.

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Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights.

Remember: areas without urban light are the best and your eyes may take some time to get used to the darkness before you can see the show. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

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