Tonight is going to be your best shot at seeing “falling stars” over Michigan thanks to the Perseid meteor shower.
Tonight from roughly 10 o’clock and during the overnight hours, we’ll be treated to the Perseid meteor shower in the skies over Detroit. If the weather holds up, and we think it will, you should be able to see at least 50 “shooting stars” an hour.
Most of the meteors you’ll see tonight are actually very, very tiny about the size of a grain of sand. From time to time meteors do make contact with the ground and they are called meteorites.
What is a meteor shower? Good question. They are bits of debris shed from comets. As comets orbit the Sun, they leave behind an icy, dusty debris field along the comet’s orbit. When the Earth travels through the sream, meteor showers take place.
Here are some tips for viewing the night skytacular. Obviously the best viewing will be away from bright lights. Stay away from car lights, too. You don’t need binoculars or a telescope. Just plop down on a blanket or in a comfortable chair, look toward the Northeast and enjoy the show. Oh yeah, don’t forget the bug spray!