Perseid Meteor Shower

The Earth is currently passing through the left behind remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which is responsible for the Perseid meteor shower. The shower peaks during the late night hours from August 11-12, but many meteors should be visible starting tonight. Meteor rates are expected to be as high as 100 per hour, and fireballs may also be visible. The shower will be originating from the constellation Perseus just above and to the left of the “Seven Sisters” A.K.A. Pleiades.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Image centered on Perseus with Pleiades seen as the small cluster of stars to the bottom right. The Perseid meteors originate from the circled region. Image created from a screenshot of Stellarium.

Just grab a blanket and lay out on the lawn, that is, if you’re in a dry area. A lounge chair might be better suited for the saturated ground we’re experiencing here in Florida due to the excessive rainfall we’ve been having. Bug spray might also be an indispensable item to bring with you.

If you’re in an area of inclement weather, you can watch a live feed of the meteor shower from a few different locations.

1.) NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama starting tonight, beginning at 11 p.m. EDT.

2.) NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

3.) Live sky camera near Yamazoe, Nara Prefecture, Japan

4.) Slooh Space Camera, beginning Sunday (Aug. 11th) at 7 p.m. EDT.

Wherever you’re located I wish you dark and clear skies!

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