The or Herculids meteor shower is set to smudge our skies with shooting stars. Fortunately, sky conditions couldn’t be better for Michigan, and it’s a rare occurrence for a celestial event. I even saw cloud forecasts across the US.
Usually we see heavy clouds or a bright moon here in Michigan. Tonight we have the perfect setting in our sky to see a fantastic meteor shower.
This is good news for cloud forecasting. We should have clear skies over most of Michigan by watching 1 o’clock tonight.
The numbers on the forecast map represent the percentage of the sky that will be covered by clouds. So when you see zero percent, one percent, two percent, you know you don’t have to worry about the clouds blocking the meteor shower.
There’s also a large part of the United States that will have clear skies at 1 p.m. tonight.
Most of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South-East, and South-West will have clear skies spread out.
The second piece of good news about sky conditions is true for all of us Americans – there will be a new moon. Remember – a new moon means no moon is lit. In fact, the conditions of the moon couldn’t be better, because the exact date of the new moon is tonight.
Meteor showers are called tau Herculids. You can read more about the details here.
The peak time of the meteor shower is estimated to be around 01.00 WIB tonight. This means that peak time in the western United States is around 10:00 pm tonight.
Mike Murray, astronomer at the Delta College Planetarium, said prime time forecasts may be wrong. It is recommended that we start looking for the meteor around 10 pm if the peak arrives early.
There have been several meteors from this meteor that have been reported around the world in recent nights.
NASA thought the meteor would be dim, but bright enough to see. They also said some seismic meteors were possible. Polyid meteorites have fiery tails. NASA appears to be underestimating the possibility of a meteor storm, which will be 200 or more meteors per hour than the expected 60 meteors per hour.
It’s not a bad idea to stay up late and watch the meteors fall. At least we know that the sky will allow us to see it when it happens.