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Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight – Watch Forecast & Livestream

12 Aug 2015, 2:43 pm

perseidsFred Bruenjes:NASA

The Perseid meteor shower peaks Wednesday into Thursday morning and is one of the biggest astronomical events to happen every year.

The meteor shower occurs every August because the Earth passes through a debris field left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The bits of rock and dust impact the Earth and burn up in the atmosphere, which creates a can’t-miss light show. The Perseids get their name because the shooting stars appear to originate from the constellation Perseus.

At its peak, and in the right conditions, it is possible to see up to 100 shooting stars per hour. In order to see the most shooting stars per hour, be sure to be as far away from light pollution as possible and look to the northeast between 3 AM and dawn. This year’s light show is expected to be extra spectacular because it coincides with the New Moon. That means there will be less light from the moon, making it easier to see the meteor shower. It will slowly begin in the early evening hours and then pick up after midnight. With a clear sky, you’ll see the most meteors flying by in the hours before dawn.

8-12_Perseid Forecast

For WeatherNation:  Meteorologist, Jason Cerjak

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(Post image: Fred Bruenjes/NASA)

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