Two Meteor Showers Will Be Visible This Weekend

This week, the moon will arrive at new phase on Saturday, leaving the sky dark and moonless from dusk to dawn.This makes it a great opportunity to enjoy two displays of “shooting stars” that will be active and near their peak this weekend.The actual number of meteors an observer can see in an hour depends strongly on sky conditions. To see the greatest number of meteors, have to concentrate on a region of the sky roughly 30 degrees away from the radiant, in the general direction of the zenith. According to meteor expert Alastair McBeath, you should expect to see chiefly faint, medium-speed meteors, with occasionally significantly brighter events. About 5 to 10-percent of these will leave a persistent trail for perhaps a few seconds.