Perseid Meteor Shower 2013: Tips for Viewing it in the Yakima Valley
Clear skies over the valley combined with a midnight setting moon should make the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 13 the best time to view this annual celestial spectacular.
Here’s a few viewing tips.
You won’t need a telescope or binoculars. The shower will be readily visible to the naked eye. Also, pick a spot away from light pollution.The valley has many areas that are far enough from major light sources that will provide optimum viewing.
Here are a few more tips from the American Meteor Society:
You can watch pretty much every direction. Look about two-thirds away up to the sky to avoid light pollution over the horizon. It’s also the most confortable position if you’re in a long chair or lying on a blanket! During the best hour for observing the Perseids this year, you’ll have to look North/East to find the Perseus constellation. It may be easier to find Cassiopea first (the constellation that looks like a “W”): Perseus is right next to it.
You can visit the AMS Perseid webpage here.