Dr. Joe Whitehead

Annual Meteor Shower this Weekend 8/11/2012

This weekend, the Perseid meteor shower will peak late Saturday/early Sunday.  If the sky is clear in South Mississippi, viewers might expect to see up to 80 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.  According to Astronomy Magazine,

“This annual shower seemingly has it all” and “no other major shower can boast all four of these attributes.

  • It offers a consistently high rate of meteors year after year;
  • it produces a higher percentage of bright ones than most other showers;
  • it occurs in August when many people take summer vacation; and
  • it happens at a time when nice weather and reasonable nighttime temperatures are common north of the equator.”

To learn more about this weekend’s Perseid meteor shower and the best time to view it, read more in Astronomy Magazine. 

Dr. Joe Whitehead
Dr. Joe Whitehead
Dr. Joe Whitehead served as dean of the College of Science of Technology from 2010-2013.

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