Lighting up the night sky

Aug 9, 2013

  The night sky is providing an annual light show. Astronomers say scores of meteors will blaze across the sky from Saturday night through the early morning hours of Tuesday.

If the clouds aren't too thick, and you can get far enough away from the city lights the annual Perseid Meteor Shower will be easy to spot. The morning hours just before dawn are said to be best for viewing. 

  Peoria Planetarium Astronomer Sheldon Schafer says grab a reclining lawn chair, place your feet pointing to the northeast, and lean back to watch the show. Schafer adds for the best possible viewing people should plan to be at least ten miles outside the city. 

As many as 100 meteors per hour are expected to hit the atmosphere. NASA is also interested in collecting the the number of meteors sky-watchers see.  NASA’s free meteor counter app is available on Android and IPhones to help collect and report the numbers in a scientific way.