LIMA — The next few days will be the best chance to catch a peek at the Perseid Meteor Shower, which can produce as many as 100 meteors per hour viewable to the naked eye.
The most active time in the shower will be on Monday night, according to Dave Samuhel of AccuWeather.
“The moon will be pretty bright, so later at night, it will be better since the moon sets after midnight. That’s when the rates are at the highest, midnight until dawn,” Samuhel said. “But even people with kids, get them out in the evening to see some meteors. This shower produces really bright meteors, almost fireball-type, that can be seen easily in bright moonlight or even city lights.”
However, Samuhel said the Monday weather is looking overcast across Northern Ohio.
“We’ve been telling people don’t wait until peak night because any of the next few nights, the weather looks good,” he said. “As of yesterday, it was producing about 20 meteors per hour, and that’s way more active in the next few nights than any given night through the year.”
Perseid is one of the most popular yearly meteor showers because of the number and brightness it produces.
“This is probably the number one shower, there’s another one just as active that occurs every December, but that’s not as user-friendly,” Samuhel said. “The Perseids are the best of the year, in my opinion.”
Also, there is no special equipment needed to see it.
“Maybe just a blanket to lay down is all you’ll need,” Samuhel said. “Lay down and look at the sky as much as you can, about a half hour or hour at the least if you’re really serious about seeing meteors.”
The Lima Astronomical Society and Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will host a viewing of the shower at 9 p.m. Monday at Kendrick Woods, 971 N. Defiance Trail, Spencerville. Telescopes will be available to view other objects in the sky.
Participants are encouraged to dress for the cooler night, bring a lawn chair or blanket to lay on and have bug repellent ready. The event will be canceled if the sky is mostly cloudy or rainy.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.