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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

The Perseid meteor shower will peak Friday and Saturday night. The best views will be from locations away from city lights.

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday night.

The meteor shower is the result of the earth moving through the debris of a comet tail, a discover that was made by the 19th century Indiana University Professor Daniel Kirkwood.

“What he found was as the earth passes through the tail little particles come into the atmosphere at high speed and create glowing trails in the sky,” says IU Professor Caty Pilachowski says.

Despite the IU connection, the Kirkwood Observatory will not host a viewing because people do not need a telescope to see the meteors.

“Meteors occur all over the sky so anywhere you are if the sky is clear you will be able to see them the best place to see them is in a place that is dark so a place that has no lights and as far as you can get from lights the darker the sky is the more meteors you can see,” Pilachowski says.

Places outside the city such as Monroe Lake or a state forest will be a better place to see the meteors. The Indiana Astronomical Association is also hosting a viewing at the Goethe Link Observatory in Morgan County Saturday night.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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