The Perseid meteor shower is one of the largest annual events of its kind, and it's coming to a sky near you soon.
The so-called "falling stars" that bubble brightly across the sky during the Perseid meteor shower are fragments of the Swift-Tuttle comet that burn up when they enter the earth's atmosphere at high speed. Swift-Tuttle's most recent flyby was in 1992, the next only in 2125. Despite its long orbit, the comet's enormous size – 16 miles in diameter – a dense debris path paved the way for a spectacular meteor shower.
The fragments streak across the sky in late July, with the event peaking in the early hours of Wednesday, August 12.
Although you'd normally expect to see around 60 meteors per hour during the peak period, NASA says the brightness of the moon this year will affect visibility a little, reducing the visible meteors to around 20 per hour.
The space agency adds that despite the limited visibility, "the Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs. So it's still worth going out in the early morning to catch nature's fireworks."
So how can you see it You either have to stay up late tonight or get up very early on Wednesday morning.
The Perseids are best viewed between about 2 a.m. your local time and the crack of dawn, with the best views being obtained in locations with minimal light pollution.
NASA says if these hours are just too difficult to tackle, then don't worry. “You can go out after dark around 9pm. Local time and see some Perseids. Just know that you won't see nearly as many as you would have gone out in the early hours of the morning. "
If clouds threaten to spoil the show, you can always access NASA TV, which broadcasts the Perseid meteor shower live from 9 p.m. ET.
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