Your Ideal Moment to Wish Upon Shooting Stars in the Texas Sky is Coming Soon
Disney taught us that when you wish upon a star that anything your heart desires will come true. If you believe that, then you want to mark your calendar.
If you're looking for the perfect night to wish on a star. Maybe you're hoping for an engagement or a new baby, winning the big game, or getting accepted into your top school. Maybe it's the perfect job, or winning the lottery. Mark your calendars for the perfect opportunity to make your wish.
"The Stars at Night are Big and Bright" *clap, clap, clap, clap* "Deep in the Heart of Texas"
The Perseid Meteor Shower is happening now, but the best time to see it in Texas is between the night of August 12th to the early morning of August 13th. It's also a bonus that this falls on the weekend.
What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?
According to The Planetary Society, Perseids are caused by the debris of a comet that once crossed Earth's path. In this case, the shower is caused by debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. The comet's 133-year orbit carries it out beyond Pluto. It last visited our inner Solar System in 1992.
The great thing about the Perseid Meteor Showers is the moon will be in a waning crescent, which means the moon won't be putting off as much light and it will make visibility much better.
The Best Way to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower
Find a place away from the city lights. The darker the better. Out in the country on a dirt road or field. One of the many State Parks in Texas would also be the perfect place. Check with the one nearest you, they might already be having a watch party.
Take a blanket and spread it out on the ground and lay down and stare at the sky, or set up some chairs or an air mattress in the back end of the truck. Look up into the sky and try to find the Perseus Constellation, the shower will take place between the Perseus Constellation and Cassiopeia Constellation.
Or just look up and look for the shooting stars falling to the Earth. If you're really into space and stars, grab your telescope before you head out to your watching spot.
According to NASA, The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers with about 50 to 100 meteors seen per hour. They occur with warm summer nighttime weather allowing sky watchers to comfortably view them.
Here's hoping all your wishes come true.