Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Friday Night

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

The Perseid meteor showers are set to peak Friday night and Saturday Morning. Unfortunately, with a full moon, it will be difficult to see all but the brightest meteors.

Normally, the annual meteor shower generates 60 or more meteors per hour. This year, 20-30 per hour is the predicted peak.

If you’re having trouble seeing the meteors outside, there are a number of websites offering a view through your computer screen.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
El Paso All Sky Camera
Sandia All Sky Meteor Camera
Astrobytes All Sky Camera
The Lick Observatory All-Sky Camera
Beskeen All Sky Camera (UK)

The meteor shower is caused each August when the Earth passes through a cloud of dust from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The ice and dust in the cloud burns up in the atmosphere, causing the spectacular show.


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  • by rose on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:05 PM
    will there be one tonight
  • by S Location: COS on Aug 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    A year ago this time, my husband and I watched from 5:00 to 5:45 AM one morning and counted 51 in that 45-minute period. It was just awesome to see!
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