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Perseid meteor shower: 5 things you need to know about watching it in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma

Posted at 11:37 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 01:00:22-04

The Perseid meteor shower will peak early Friday morning with as many as 200 meteors per hour!

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The shower promises to be one of the best shows we have seen in a few years.

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We may see what's called an "outburst." An outburst occurs when we see an exceptionally high amount of meteors per hour. During a normal year, around 80 meteors per hour can be expected, this year we could see more than twice that amount. The last outburst to occur was in 2009. 

Here are some tips on how to have the best viewing experience tonight.

  1. Get away from city lights. Head out to the country where light pollution is minimal. 
  2. Allow at least 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness for best viewing.
  3. Watch during the peak time, which is 12 a.m. - 5 a.m. Friday.
  4. Take in the whole sky. Meteors can be seen all over the night sky but will radiate from the north, specifically from the constellation Perseus. 
  5. Bring a friend and take shifts viewing during the peak times. Also, you might want to bring something to sit on and some bug spray. 

Skies should be mostly clear around Green Country tonight for fairly optimal viewing. Happy gazing! 

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