With the exception of some isolated patchy fog in spots, our skies should remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the mid 60s under calm northwest winds between 2 to 5 miles per hour. During the Sunday night peak, Steve said up to 60 meteors an hour (an average of one per minute) could be visible.
The short answer is, if you find a dark spot away from the streetlights and get your eyes adjusted, weather permitting, you might be able to see some.
Around this time every year, Earth ventures into the wake of an ancient comet called Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind trillions of particles.
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak late in the evening Saturday into early Sunday morning, though a similar show could be seen Friday evening into early Saturday morning.
If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year. The Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle anticipates we will see as many as 100 "shooting stars" per hour. They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.
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The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. Steve did not know offhand the time the shower will peak, but said it is best to wait until after 11 p.m.to start looking. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.
Daytime heating caused some instability to our north this afternoon with showers and thunderstorms mostly in the U.P. but a few showers did make their way into Northeast Wisconsin.
A number of planets will also be highly visible.
And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.
Both nights this weekend should produce a spectacle of streaks across the night sky.