|2015-8-08: Perseids Meteor Shower 2015 -- Not to be Missed! ⬅︎ |
|The Perseid Meteor Shower, already one of the best and most popular of all showers, will be at its best
this year because it occurs close to a New Moon. If you can be at a dark sky location August 12th,
you may see 50+ meteors per hour. Look toward the Constellation Perseus.
Meteors, more commonly known as shooting stars, are tiny pieces of comet debris. Comets can be
thought of as dirty snowballs. If a comet travels
close to the sun, the heat from the sun loosens up the ice and dirt and the wind from the sun blows the
debris into space. When earth collides with a tiny piece, it burns up in earth's
atmosphere in brilliant streaks of light.
During the year, Earth travels through the debris left behind by different comets. From around July 13 to
August 26, it travels through the debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle with a peak on August
The Perseids are named after the constellation Perseus because that is where the meteors seem to
originate from when looking up at the sky. Perseus is below Cassiopeia to the right of Polaris in the
northern sky. The
viewing is actually best after midnight.