Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Perseid Meteor Shower, Aug. 12, 1997. (Copyright/Credit: Wally Pacholka)

The Perseid meteor shower is underway right now. This annual meteor shower has been my family’s best option for seeing meteors in year’s past as it offers so  many bright meteors (we live in a fairly well-lit urbanish area, so cannot see many astronomical displays).

According to NASA:

This year’s Perseid meteor shower peaks on Aug. 12-13, and it promises to be one of the best displays of the year. If forecasters are correct, the shower should produce a peak display of at least 80 meteors per hour. A waxing crescent moon will set before the shower becomes active, setting a perfect stage for meteor watching — weather permitting, of course!

Labels: Science
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff