One of the best meteor showers of the year is underway, as a new video shows.
NASA’s All-Sky Fireball Network was captured The meteors of Perseid arriving Saturday and Sunday (August 8 and August 9). The sights, which you can see here, serve as a reminder to head outside for the famous Perseid shower, which is expected to arrive overnight Tuesday through Wednesday (August 11th to August 12th).
Perseids appear between July 17 and August 24 as the Earth plows through debris dumped in eons by Swift-Tuttle Comet. Meteors seem to originate from the constellation Perseus, hence the name.
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The Perseids usually wore an unforgettable show, with observers under clear and dark skies, usually seeing 45 to 90 meteors per hour during peak shower. However, this year is shaping up. The moon of the last quarter will hover above the horizon in the dark darkness along the summit of Perseid, drowning several meteors with its splendor.
However, in the coming days you will have the opportunity to notice some Perseids, if your sky is clear and your patience holds. You do not have to know where Perseus or any other star is; just go outside, preferably after midnight and look up. Let your eyes adjust to the darkness, then wait for faint spots of light to appear.
All-celestial refractory network is a 17-nation all-terrain sky-catching system NASA uses to track meteors blazing higher than Venus in the sky. (This is the definition of a fire, after all.) The agency uses this information to better understand material that magnifies close to Earth, such as commercial waste.
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Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book on the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.