One Of The Biggest Meteor Showers Of The Year Is Going On Now
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the true "stop what you're doing, go outside, and look up" events that rolls around each summer, and while the official peak was in the early hours of Wednesday morning, you still have some time to try to catch some shooting star action.
The two biggest things that could work against us right now is the weather, with either cloudy or partly cloudy skies expected for the next couple of nights, and the moon, which will rise between Midnight and 2:00 A.M. over the next few days.
But, as a seasoned skywatcher since I was a kid at summer camp in the pitch-black Poconos, please take this piece of advice - if there are breaks in the clouds and you can get outside tonight or tomorrow night, do it.
I've laid out on the summer grass plenty of times to watch meteor showers in my life, but getting lucky enough to be looking up when a shooting star streaks across the sky still thrills me like the very first time.
And even if the weather conditions aren't totally in our favor, Ocean County is a great place to try to see some meteors thanks to the fact that we have considerably less light pollution than our New Jersey neighbors to the north. If you're in part of the area that's pretty well populated, you don't have to go far to get away from the lights of the suburbs.
The folks over at Space.com always do an exceptional job of breaking it all down for when to look, where to look, and what to look for. Just click here for their guide to the 2020 Perseid meteor shower.