The Perseids are an annual gift from the comet Swift-Tuttle.
The colors you see depend on the composition of the meteor. "Perseids show a strong sodium signal", Cooke says.
After the Perseids, stargazers will need to wait until October for the next opportunity to watch a meteor shower. This shower occurs as debris of a comet through which the Earth travels once a year. This phenomenon happens from July 17 to August 24 each year, which is something you can take to the bank, babies.
To see it, look to the northeast after 10:00 pm on August 12 and in the early morning hours of August 13 for the best views. This is a free meeting, and all ages are welcome to attend the featured presentation indoors, where we will discuss the Perseids, followed by the star party outdoors, where we will view the waxing gibbous moon and the gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.
The meteor shower typically produces up to 80 meteors an hour but with a bright Moon, the numbers can drop drastically.
The Perseid meteor shower is on its way for this year, right on schedule, and it will peak between August 11 - 13, prime time being Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Michiana's forecast will prevent viewing on Sunday evening and Monday evening due to thicker cloud cover overhead and limited visibility of the sky.
The meteors can be seen in all directions, NASA says. Find a spot that is dark- so away from city lights and give your eyes some time to adjust.
Bring along a reclining chair. "There will still be plenty of meteors and you will not have to battle as much moonlight".
"Pack a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee - it will come in handy if you start to drift off or get a little chilly".
Also, avoid trying to take a photo or using your cellphone; the bright light from the screen will hamper your night vision and may cause you to miss seeing the shooting stars.
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