Look … up in the sky


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.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.