100 Meteors Per Hour- Don’t Miss the Perseids Meteor Shower

100 Meteors Per Hour- Don’t Miss the Perseids Meteor Shower

It's estimated that the Perseids can produce up to 100 meteors per hour during its peak; lucky for us, the peak is this weekend!! Every year, as Earth passes through the debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, we are treated to a dazzling display of shooting stars. In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know to make the most of this stunning celestial event. The PARKIT Team will be in Montana & Death Valley National Park. Where will you be? 

When and Where:

The best time to watch the shower is during its peak, when the Earth passes through the densest part of the debris cloud, resulting in a higher number of meteors visible per hour.

  • Peak Dates: The peak of the Perseids meteor shower is August 12th, but will be incredible the 11th to 13th. However, it's worth noting that you can still see Perseids a few days before and after the peak.
  • Ideal Viewing Time: The best time to watch the Perseids is during the predawn hours, before sunrise. During this time, the sky is darkest, and you'll have a better chance of spotting meteors.
  • Location: To get the best view of the Perseids, find a location away from city lights, as light pollution can significantly diminish the visibility of meteors. National parks, remote countryside, or even your own backyard can offer a suitable setting. The PARKIT team will be kicking back in our Voyagers, photographing the event from Death Valley National Park & up in the big skies of Montana! 

Tips for Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower

  1. Check the Weather: Before heading out, make sure to check the weather forecast for your location. Clear skies are essential for optimal meteor shower viewing.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Even in the summertime, nighttime temperatures can drop, so it's a good idea to dress in layers to stay warm. Bring a blanket & get cozy in your Voyager outdoor chair. 
  3. Be Patient: Meteor showers are natural phenomena, and while they can be spectacular, they can also be unpredictable. Be patient and give yourself ample time to enjoy the experience.
  4. Avoid Bright Lights: Minimize the use of cell phones, flashlights, or any other bright lights, as they can ruin your night vision and diminish your ability to see meteors. If you need a light source, use a red flashlight or cover a regular flashlight with red cellophane.
  5. Use Apps: There are several smartphone apps available that can help you identify constellations and celestial objects. These apps can enhance your stargazing experience and make it educational too.
  6. Capture the Moment: If you're into photography, consider bringing a camera with manual settings to capture long-exposure shots of the meteor shower. A sturdy tripod is essential for steady shots. More tips below!
  7. Pack it in, pack it out: Use your Voyager to help you pack up any garbage, so you leave no trace after a great night of stargazing! 

Meteor Photography Tips: Capturing the Magic

Capturing the beauty of the Perseids on camera can be a rewarding challenge. To photograph meteors, consider the following tips:

  • Use a Tripod: Keep your camera steady to capture long-exposure shots of the night sky.
  • Manual Settings: Use manual mode to control exposure settings. Start with an aperture between f/2.8 to f/4, an ISO setting around 800 to 1600, and an exposure time of 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Wide-Angle Lens: A wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing as much of the sky as possible.
  • Patience and Practice: Meteor photography takes practice. Experiment with different settings and techniques to find what works best for your equipment.

With the right preparation, a sense of wonder, and a little bit of patience, you can immerse yourself into the night sky. We hope you join us in watching this weekend's meteor shower from wherever you prefer to #EnjoyTheExploration. After all, the Voyager outdoor chair was inspired by the night sky!