It’s that time of the year! The Perseids Meteor Shower is just around the corner and is expected to peak on August 12th.
Perseids in August 2009. Credit: NASA/JPL
What are the Perseids?
Every July and August, the debris field left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet lights up our sky annually. Pieces of debris heat up as they enter Earth’s atmosphere and result in bright bursts of light. Most of the meteors are only the size of a grain of sand and burn up quickly. The Perseids event is considered the most popular meteor shower of the year and with good reason: it is the most active meteor shower of the year for Earth, peaking around mid August.
Typically, 60-80 Perseids per hour occur during the meteor shower. This year, the Perseids may be a little more difficult to see due to the expected moon phase, which will be three-quaterts … Continue Reading