ROANOKE, Va. – As Earth passes through an asteroid’s debris field Sunday morning, experts with the American Meteor Society say a possible outburst of shooting stars is possible.
While the timing (peak of 6:20 a.m. EDT) is ideal for those on the West Coast of the U.S., you may spot some in the pre-dawn sky this far east.
The moon will be 99% full, and it doesn’t set until 5:45 in the morning.
That would likely obscure any of the fainter meteors that otherwise would be seen. In addition to that, we’ll need to watch for any residual cloud cover from Saturday’s scattered showers and storms.
You’re advised to find a clear spot, mostly void of light pollution and begin by looking northwest.
The American Meteor Society says that this is the first of three possible outbursts this month.
Don’t forget to look up Sunday night into early Monday morning for the total lunar eclipse.
Meteorologist Justin McKee has broken that down in this week’s weather newsletter, which you can sign up for below.