The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.” Psalm 19: 1 – 4a (ESV)
The popular Perseid meteor shower offers great viewing this year. This annual meteor shower usually offers the best “light shows” at 80 meteors per hour. 2016 is even better with up to 200 per hour. The peak night for the northern hemisphere is August 12th. After that day, the moon will probably interfere with viewing, so your best times to watch are between now and the 12th.
You may even be able to begin to see the meteors as early as 10 PM if you’d rather not waken in the middle of the night. Look toward the constellation Perseus. (I use my Google Sky app to locate it.)
In the past, I’ve had success even from our suburban driveway with meteor-watching. This morning at 5:00 AM, the city lights near the horizon blocked my view, so I’ll try 11:00 PM tonight to see if that time works for our location. Of course, the darker it is, the more you’ll see.
- Read more from Space.com about how to view this meteor shower.
- Image: from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan