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Don’t Miss These Summer Meteor Showers

Perseid Meteor Shower
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Summer is a great time to stargaze, and Maine is a great place to catch those shooting stars!

Summer is here! Maine is a great place to see some of the best meteor showers of the year. It’s not very hard to find dark areas away from light pollution to get a clear view of the night sky.

The first meteor shower to keep an eye to the sky for is the Delta Aquariid. It’s estimated that this meteor shower will peak (although this shower tends to lack a definite peak) around July 27-30. At its peak, you could see as many as 15-20 meteors per-hour. However, this meteor shower tends to favor the southern hemisphere for the best viewing. The Delta Aquariid is best viewed a few hours before dawn. The meteors will be faint, medium speed streaks. The meteor shower will last from mid July (around the 12th) into early August.

The best meteor shower of not only the summer, but the the year is The Perseid. This meteor shower favors the northern hemisphere for best viewing. The number of meteors increases from midnight through a few hours before dawn. You could see as many as 50 per-hour! They will appear bright and fast in the night sky. The photo above shows Perseid meteors. EarthSky.org predicts the Perseids to peak the night of August 11-12 or 12-13. We do have to contend with bright moon glare during the shower, but Perseid meteors are usually pretty bright and easy to spot.

It’s also worth noting on August 21 the United States will see its first total solar eclipse in almost half a century.

After the Perseid shower, the next major meteor shower will be the Draconid shower in October.

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