Watch for “shooting stars” in the night sky the second week in August. They are meteorites from the Perseus constellation that will be shooting across the sky, mostly Aug. 10-14. (If having trouble pronouncing the Perseides, think Greek hero Perseus who rode Pegasus.)
There will be so many during the Perseid meteor shower's peak Aug. 11-12 that Adler Astronomer Larry Ciupik expects that anyone looking up after dark that Sunday and Monday night, particularly after midnight, should be able to view some meteorites zoom across the sky.
"Everyone should be able to see them no matter where your are," says Ciupik. But he suggests looking for an open area with a lot of sky.
“Get a lawn chair and look half way up facing north east when it first gets dark. Then, look higher and more to the north later on as Perseus rises,” he says.
He also suggests going somewhere away from bright lights or wearing a cap that shades the lights. “You want to be in the shadows. The Persides are there but brightness varies,” says Ciupik.
Because the meteorites are more visible when the sky is dark he recommends looking past 9:30 p.m. after the sunset’s glow is gone. He also points out that moonlight won’t be a factor. "It will be just a slim crescent so will have no effect. The Persides should be a great event this year,” he says.
To watch with Ciupik and other Adler experts attend the Adler Planetarium Perseid watch Aug. 12, 7 to 11 p.m. at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. Registration is required. For registration, fee and directions visit Adler Planetarium Perseid Party.