The Perseid meteor shower 2012 will peak overnight. Some areas of the U.S. have favorable viewing conditions. However, there are some areas that will be cloudy, which means residents will miss this “shooting star” spectacular.
For those who do have favorable viewing weather, NASA has a “Meteor Counter” app for smartphones, which will allow users to report how many meteors they see, where they see them, and what time. Not only that, but you can share your results on Twitter.
Unfortunately, according to weather forecasts, much of the east coast will have poor viewing conditions for the Perseid meteor shower 2012. Also, the southern parts of the Gulf of Mexico states will be covered in clouds. Most of Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota will experience cloud cover too.
Those who live on the west coast and in Texas, the Ohio Valley, Tennessee, northern Alabama, Mississippi, and the Rockies should have excellent weather for viewing the fabulous display. The best times to see these meteors are from midnight to dawn. If things go well where you are, you could see as many as 60 per hour.
Do you live in an area where the Perseids will be easily viewable? Will you make time to go outside tonight and watch the “shooting stars?” If so, will you download NASA’s app for your smartphone and report your experience?