Get a look at the Perseid meteor shower tonight

By Tom Skilling

Look for the Perseid meteor shower tonight and in coming nights. This will be the first time Perseids have occurred without moonlight flooding the sky. Should make viewing easier!

The best viewing time for the yearly light show is obviously overnight – and it’s expected to be at its peak tonight. The show comes as Earth passes through the dust trail of the Swift-Tuttle Comet. The meteors that scorch through the atmosphere appear to come from the constellation Perseus, giving the Perseids their name.

Here’s a Web site that gives you a sense of the best time to watch depending on where you are. Looks like about 5 a.m. Friday in Chicago.

Here’s a Chicago Tribune story with some tips on how to get the best view.

And the Adler Planetarium is hosting a party for Perseid-watching from 7:30 to 11 p.m. tonight at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Here’s the Wikipedia entry for the Perseids, and here’s more tips for viewing from the American Meteor Society.

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