Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Could Be Hampered In Triad

6:11 PM, Aug 11, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The annual Perseid meteor shower will arrive late Friday night into early Saturday morning. 

The prime viewing time begins around 2 am Saturday morning. The meteors will appear to fall from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky.  Though the meteors will appear to be associated with the constellation they are actually leftover debris from comet Swift-Tuttle.  The annual re occurrence of the the Perseid meteor shower is a result of the Earth passing through the comet's debris tail.

Aside from the late hour of prime viewing there will be a few other unfortunate factors that will create less than favorable viewing conditions Friday night.  Friday night there will be a full moon that will rise early in the evening and be directly overhead during peak meteor viewing hours. 

Another factor that could hamper viewing conditions Friday night will be the possibility of cloud cover. WFMY News 2 Meteorologist are currently forecasting for variably cloudy conditions Friday night.

If you would like to watch this year's Perseids your best opportunity will be away from the city lights.  Find a place where you are able to get a full-sky view with a focus more in the northeastern sky.

WFMY News 2

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