The other night-time display this weekend — aside from the Astoria Regatta fireworks — is the annual Perseid meteor shower. According to Space.com, there should be about 80 meteors per hour, peaking around 10 a.m. Saturday — meaning the best times to see it are Friday night, predawn Saturday and Saturday night (http://tinyurl.com/lookupAug12). The photo shown is courtesy of ScienceAtNASA.
In case your astronomy is a little rusty, the meteor shower is caused by the earth’s annual passage through the dust and debris in Comet Swift-Tuttle’s tail. The comet itself isn’t expected to pass by in its 133-year orbit until 2126.
The best way to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower is to go to a dark area outside town, and let your eyes acclimate to the dark, which takes about 30 minutes. Then all you need to do is look up and enjoy the show.