Summer Meteor Showers Visible on the SouthCoast
One of the most spectacular meteor showers in sometime will be happening this summer, and we'll be able to see much of the show here on the SouthCoast.
Because there will be no full moon and only a slim crescent during the peak times for the showers, they should be very visible, if the sky is clear.
According to space.com, the Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12 and 13, but will be visible beginning July 17. In much of Massachusetts, around 60 or 70 meteors should be visible each hour at the peak times.
The best time to see the Perseids clearly is between midnight and 4 a.m. It's recommended that you view the sky from a place with little or no lights. Ideal places are near the water, since there is no light coming from the ocean. If you are really serious about seeing as many of the meteors as possible, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket would be the best places for viewing. The website also says it will take your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the dark.