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Night Sky Happenings by James Pickard
The Perseids Meteor Shower is the brightest one of the year and occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The peak is around August 9-13. The debris is from the comet Swift-Tuttle and named for the constellation Perseus.
The a-Capricornid meteor shower reaches maximum visibility up to August 20th. The Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. The pebble-sized pieces collide with the Earth around 70 km per hour.
A partial solar eclipse will happen with the Supermoon on August 11th. On a worldwide scale, the partial eclipse lasts about 3.5 hours, starting at sunrise in North America and ending at sunset along the Asian Pacific Coast. If you’re in a position to witness it, be sure to wear proper eye protection.
The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a beautiful, if hard to predict phenomenon. By the second week of August, the night sky is dark enough to potentially allow views of the aurora.
For tips to stargaze in Idaho, visit Explore Rexburg for locations, times, and more. Central Idaho is known as USA’s First Dark Sky Reserve. Low pollutants, few clouds and gigantic skies provide star viewing you will never forget.