Perseids Meteor Shower

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

Each year in August, Earth passes through a cloud of debris, which burn up in the our atmosphere and create one of the best meteor showers of the year.

These shooting stars can be seen all over the sky, but the northern hemisphere will have the best view.

Last night, August 11-12, was the peak of the shower, with an average of 90 shooting stars per hour.

But it's not too late! You can still see Perseids tonight, August 12-13. The rates will be a bit lower, 40 shooting stars per hour, but still worth it!

Some will be visible after 10pm, but the best times to see them will be between midnight and dawn. The peak rates will be between 3am and 5am.

The valley and highlands are an ideal place to watch, since most of us are away from city lights. The dark will optimize viewing potential. We will also hope for clear skies tonight, as clouds can also block views.

Just lie on your back and look straight up, you're certainly in for a treat!

Check out NASA's website for more information:
http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/perseids_2012.html


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