Ever seen a meteor shower? This weekend is your chance to view one up close and personal.
On Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11, hours are extended at Lighthouse Beach from 9 p.m. until midnight for viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower, according to the Illinois Science Council.
The phenomenon is caused when the earth’s orbit passes through a cloud of particles ejected by the comet Swift-Tuttle, according to the Illinois Science Foundation. Because the meteors appear to come from within the constellation Perseus, they are called Perseids, according to the Illinois Science Council.
Perseids are visible every year for several weeks, with peak activity between Aug. 9 and 14. While light pollution can make it harder to see the stars, you can get a better view by facing northeast, away from the lights of the city, toward the rising stars, the Illinois Science Council explains. The moon is in a thin waxing crescent—meaning it’s not too bright, and will also make viewing easier this year.