It's August, and that means it's time for the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although skies will be clear over the Tri-State, and temperatures on the cool side, the meteors will have some stiff competition from the waning gibbous "super moon" which will light up the sky. Best viewing is to the northeast near the constellation Perseus.
Perseids can sometimes produce showers with over 100 meteors per hour, as particles from the comet Swift-Tuttle enter the earth's atmosphere with a blaze of fire. This year's Perseids will compete with a bright moon, so only the brightest will be visible.
It's easy to enjoy a meteor shower: No special equipment needed...just your eyes, a good dark viewing area and patience. You should slowly scan the sky, rather than stare in one spot. Most of the meteors last a fraction of a second, but a few can put on quite a show with a long tail and several seconds of viewing.
Be sure to take a jacket or sweatshirt, and good luck viewing this year's Perseids. Good luck !