While there have not been any real notable meteor showers just yet this year the Perseids Meteor Shower is well on its way and chances are you’ll be in for quite a treat. Will you be watching?
The Perseids Meteor Shower is often one of the brightest meteor showers of the year, and it is one many people look forward to. They occur every single year between July 17th to August 24th but peak is set to be August 9th-13th this year. The shooting stars you see during this shower come from the comet Swift-Tuttle and the shower itself is named after the constellation Perseus.
During peak most years you might actually see anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors per hour, according to TimeandDate. You won’t need any special equipment to catch the shower and it can be seen from most places. If weather permits you should be in for quite a show.
The comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by our planet and as we pass through the debris it has left behind this shower presents itself time and time again. You see, when you take the time to watch a meteor shower you are seeing bits and pieces of comet debris heating up as they enter the atmosphere and burn up in a bright burst of light. This causes the streaking path of their exit to cross our sky. Meteor showers are usually quite mesmerizing.
Get out in the open if you really want to see the most shooting stars possible. If you are out in the countryside you are all set. Get something comfortable to sit on or make yourself a picnic setup of some kind and enjoy this treat when it comes your way. I know I will be watching.
For more information on the Perseids Meteor Shower feel free to check out the video below.