Will Western New York be able to see the Perseid Meteor Shower peak this weekend

Posted at 1:55 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 14:09:20-04

Do yourself a favor and look up at the night sky this weekend. This year's biggest show in the sky is about to peak. 

Around 60-70 meteors per hour will fly across the sky this weekend during the Perseid Meteor Shower. There's a big plus as to why this year's show will be better than 2017.

The moon will set before midnight. The moon will also be in a new moon phase. This means that there won't be a moon to illuminate the sky. In other words, our eyes will be able to see more meteors streak above our head.

But will we here in Western New York be able to catch this year's spectacular event? As of Monday, it's not looking as if we will have completely clear skies. However, there will be some windows of opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the show. 


It's not a perfect viewing here in Western New York. Cloud cover will be present. 


Showers will be in the area Saturday night into Sunday morning. This looks to be the cloudiest night this weekend.


As of now, it looks as if Sunday night into Monday morning will provide us with the best opportunity cloud-free experience for viewing the meteor shower. However, it won't be perfect. 

You won't have much luck watching the meteor shower in Buffalo or any area that provides light pollution. Instead, you'll have to drive into the country to wish upon a few stars.

The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year at this time. The Earth travels through debris left behind from the Comet Swift-Tuttle. 



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