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October 28, 2021

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How to watch in Central Indiana

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In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Even though you may well not be in a position to “catch a slipping star and put it in your pocket,” you will probably be in a position to see some falling stars, also identified as meteors, late Wednesday and early Thursday in Central Indiana. 

The once-a-year Perseid meteor showers will be at their peak August 11-12.

The meteors must be a lot more noticeable this year because of to a waxing crescent moon, indicating the sky will be darker without the light from a comprehensive moon, Brian Murphy, director of Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler College, claimed.

Though there is a prospect of thunderstorms and partly cloudy skies Wednesday, people can still glimpse up at the sky and appear for “capturing stars” to wish on overnight. 

Here’s what to know if you program to view the showers tonight:

What is the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseid meteor shower is an yearly event that can take location each individual August when the earth’s orbit operates into particles from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Swift-Tuttle is about 16 miles extensive and orbits the solar each and every 133 a long time. 

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