Best SouthCoast Spots to See the Meteor Showers
The Perseid meteor showers will be visible this weekend, and we've got the best spots of the SouthCoast to catch them.
According to NASA, the Perseids are the most popular meteor shower of the year. And for 2018, they will also be the best meteor shower.
So if you want to catch this celestial show, here's what you need to know and where you should go.
As space.com tells it, while the Perseids are at their peak, you can see some 60-70 meteors per hour (sometimes as many as 150-200). But there are a few things you'll need to do.
First of all, you'll have to be up late or get up really early.
The Perseids will be most visible in the early morning hours of Aug 11-12 and Aug 12-13. So power naps on Saturday and Sunday, or set a really early alarm Sunday and Monday morning.
Secondly, you should try to get away from city lights.
Trying to watch the show from a rooftop in New Bedford is definitely not going to give you the view you would be enjoying from a field in Rochester. The less lights around you, the better the light show in the sky.
So where can you head? Here are some of the best spots on the SouthCoast:
1. Gooseberry Island, Westport. With all the uninterrupted ocean in front of you, you are bound to get a good view of the meteor shower from this beachy spot.
2. Little Quittacas Pond, Lakeville and Rochester. A super scenic spot for photographers, this quiet pond should also give you a great view of the Perseids.
3. The Bogs, Mattapoisett. You may have to do a little hiking to find a clear spot away from the tree line, but the view should be worth it from this secluded spot.
4. Surfside Beach, Cape Cod. Yes, this is a much further trip to see the meteor shower, but this beach has been named one of the best places to stargaze in the U.S., so if you're really into it, why not take the drive?
Basically, any dark spot away from city lights will give you a good view of this weekend's meteor shower. Just make sure to dress weather appropriate, bring a flashlight to get where you're going and lock up your vehicle where you leave it.