Habersham County, GA
Last Updated on Oct 19 2018, 7:55 am EDT
Current Conditions: Fair
Wind: NE at 4mph
The best meteor shower of the year is here, and it’s happening tonight!
There are some showers out and about on this Sunday afternoon but the latest models show clearing skies overnight which will lend to perfect conditions for viewing the 2018 Perseid meteor shower. This year’s is anticipated to be especially good since a new moon will leave the skies completely dark.
Up to 100 meteors per hour are possible around the peak of the shower, which for our area will come during the early morning hours of Monday, August 13. Anytime after dark will be a great time to look, though, and no special equipment is needed. Just go out and find a spot away from lights and look up.
The meteors will appear anywhere in the sky but their tail will all point towards the constellation Perseus.
Also visible just after sunset are FOUR planets. Looking west you can see Venus as twilight kicks in, then Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are all out as you look further east. Mars is in the west at sunset and is as bright as it gets with it’s red hue easily visible to the naked eye.
Grab a blanket, light jacket and head out for a night under the stars!
NASA will stream a live broadcast of the meteor shower from a camera in Huntsville, Alabama. You may view it below or on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook starting around 8 p.m. ET and continuing through the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 13.