Perseid meteor shower peaks next weekend

Want to see a shooting star? Perseid meteor shower underwayMore

Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Make sure to look up this weekend as the Perseid Meteor Shower puts on its annual show in the skies above South Florida.

Cooke adds that sky watchers will be able to see the shower starting on Aug. 11 and it will continue through the night of Aug. 12 into Aug. 13. The moon will be at a crescent, which means more darkness to see more meteors. The best time to view is in the pre-dawn hours. Lastly, the Perseids are awesome because they are one of the most intense showers.

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Tonight , a very weak disturbance will be rolling through which could touch off a few isolated showers or T'storms in the evening. Monday morning's commute can be soggy with showers and storms working onshore around 5 o'clock until 9 o'clock.

The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at some 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. NASA said that's because Earth takes more than three weeks to sift through the dust left from the comet "Swift-Tuttle". However, the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky.

What special equipment do you need to view the shower? It is said that the Perseid shower commemorates the time when Zeus visited Danae, the mother of Perseus, in a shower of gold.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is back and the 2018 edition could be a banner event as we learn on Looking Up this week.

One of the most interesting and attractive things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors!


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