Perseid meteor showers peak this week

CHAMPION, Mich, (WLUC) - The Perseid meteor shower is an annual favorite for stargazers.

Originating from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids produce anywhere from 50 to 100 meteors per hour. That's the greatest number of meteors than any other meteor shower of the year.

To celebrate the occasion, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold their meteors and s'mores centennial celebration on the night of Tuesday, August 13th at Van Riper State Park.

Starting at 9:30 p.m. Van Riper's Explorer Guide will present information on the night sky while serving up tasty s'mores.

Bring some bug spray, blankets and chairs and make a night of it. If you can’t attend, try to get away from the city lights and simply look up. The Perseids produce an impressive display (weather permitting) no matter which direction you look.

In the forecast, considerable clouds may obscure our viewing potential at times Monday into Tuesday. In addition, the waxing gibbous Moon may also create what is known as light pollution which may drown out some of the more faint meteors.

Still, it’s well worth losing a little bit of sleep to simply enjoy a nice U.P. summer night.