Perseid Meteor Shower: Don’t Expect Fireworks

The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tomorrow (Tuesday) night and early Wednesday morning. Due to the bright glow of the city lights, it’s unusual to see more than one or two meteors per hour anywhere in Chicago. Making things worse this year is the nearly full Moon (Supermoon!), keeping the skies bright during peak viewing hours.

Nonetheless, why not spend a few hours sitting outside looking up at the sky?

What’s the best piece of equipment you will need to view the meteor shower? A comfortable chair.

Where do you look? Up. Although the meteors will appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus (in the northeast), the paths they take in the sky are essentially random. Bring some friends and you can look in different directions until someone spots one.

Good luck!

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