The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

Five-day forecast

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo47° Slight Chc Showers

Thursday

Hi60° Rain Likely

Thursday Night

Lo41° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Friday

Hi62° Breezy

Friday Night

Lo41° Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi67° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo43° Slight Chc Showers

Sunday

Hi64° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo46° Slight Chc Showers

Monday

Hi66° Slight Chc Showers

Worm: Watch for shooting stars

Send to Kindle
Print This

Yes, the Worm is well aware that they're not really stars. They're meteors. But whatever you want to call them, if you like watching them, head out Saturday night or early Sunday morning before the sun rises for the Perseid meteor shower.

Assuming it's still clear, and there's not a lot of smoke, the best place to see them is wherever the sky is darkest. In other words, as far as you can get from the city lights.

They happen when the earth comes close to the comet Swift-Tuttle every August, and tiny pieces of debris the size of a grain of sand, and sometimes as big as a pea, are pulled into the earth's atmosphere.

Some skywatchers think the Perseids are the best show because they are typically fast and bright meteors, and often peak at 50 or more per hour in a dark sky. The Worm likes the Perseids because they happen in August, when the weather is generally just right to grab a blanket and head out to the middle of the field, lie on your back (yes, we worms have backs!) and look up at the sky.

And this year, there's an extra bonus. The Perseids happen on a Saturday night, and the Worm isn't scheduled to work again until Monday.

But hey, if you can't get out there Saturday, keep your eye out other nights. Saturday's just the peak.

All comments are moderated before appearing. For more information, please read the approval guidelines. Questions? See our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy.

Comments Help

A few important points:

  • You must have a Disqus account to comment (your Wenatchee World login and Disqus login are completely separate)
  • You must provide your first and last name
  • Your comment must be civil

For more information see our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy