Manhattanhenge who? The next picture-perfect space moment to head outdoors for is the Perseid meteor shower, heading to a sky near you on Aug. 11. We’ve got you covered on everything you need to know to spot and enjoy the cosmic event.
What even is the Perseid meteor shower?
The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event that occurs when Earth’s orbit travels into debris left from a comet. Earth will be closer than usual for the 2016 Perseids, which may just give you an even cooler view. According to NASA, this year may have a potential “Perseid outburst,” which may lead to a bigger, and more visible, meteor shower.
When can I see the Perseids?
NASA says the best time to view the Perseids is between midnight and dawn on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. Be sure to give yourself time for your eyes to adjust to the night sky -- about 45 minutes -- before the meteor shower begins. That means looking up at the night sky, and putting that phone screen away to get the best view. Grab a blanket and lie down to get the full, cosmic experience.
Where should I go in NYC?
When it comes to spots to view the Perseids in New York, a clear sky is key. Opt for large spaces, like parks and beaches, that will give you the best view of the night sky.
If you’re looking for an expert to show you the star-gazing ropes, head to Inwood Hills Park Aug. 13, where urban park rangers will be giving a Perseids presentation beginning at 8 p.m.