If you're looking to catch sight of the Perseid meteor shower in MI, your best chance is Saturday night, according to Raymond Bullock, program presenter at the Cranbrook Institute of Science's Acheson Planetarium. Stargazers expect a similar outburst during the 2017 Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible overnight on August 11 and 12. According to meteor expert Bill Cooke (who, incidentally, is on NASA's payroll), it's the most popular meteor shower of the year.
Earth passes through this trail every year with the debris slamming into the upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 130,000 miles an hour (210,000 km). The rate will fall from 80 - 100 per hour to 40 - 50 per hour, because the smaller flames will not be seen due to the brightness of the moon. The stones through which Earth passes throw at this moment belonged to a comet named Swift-Tuttle.
The Perseid Meteor Shower produces more fireballs than any other meteor shower. Their forecast was right, and at the shower's peak, some skywatchers saw over 200 meteors per hour!
But the moon will not fully rise until around 11pm on Sunday, giving viewers plenty of time to observe the dark skies.
The most intense it will be in the night from 12 to 13 August.
Swift-Tuttle is a periodic comet that orbits the planet roughly every 133 years.
Whether you're on NASA's payroll or a total layman, the Perseid meteor shower is not to be missed.
Dale recommended tonight as the best chance to catch the meteor shower because of the clear skies. "Looking outside, you would see something like 20 to 30 meteors per second", he wrote.
The Perseids radiant, to the northeast at midnight on August 12-13, 2017. Instead, bring along a blanket or a lawn chair, so you can sit or lie down, and look straight up in to the night sky. You can see them in the North-Eastern part of the sky, just South of the constellation Cassiopeia.
Make sure the place you to opt to view the display is as dark as possible.