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The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13”

On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and still plenty vivid. And even though it doesn't peak until the nights of August 11-12 or 12-13, it is already producing the fireball meteors that the Perseids are famous for. During the shower, you can expect to see around 70 meteors per hour, breaking it down to about one meter per minute.

It's that time of year again: The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the weekend of August 12 and 13. Lie on your back and look straight up. Right now it looks like a weak front may brush by Friday night for clouds and a few showers, but for the peak nights (Saturday and Sunday), it looks like skies should be partly cloudy to clear!

According to NASA, the Perseids have been observed for about 2,000 years. The Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus in the eastern horizon and is associated with the debris of comet Swift-Tuttle which last passed by Earth in 1992.

Most of the Perseid meteors that we observe now were ejected from Swift-Tuttle about 1,000 years ago. But Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind each year. As they burn up the particles appear as shooting stars, creating bright streaks in the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.



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