Perseid Meteor Shower to put on show over South Florida

James Marshall
August 12, 2018

The actual peak night is Sunday, August 12th, when you'll see up to 100 meteors per hour, especially after midnight, when the Earth has turned, so to speak, into the path of the debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates the Perseids.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12.

A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus.

You may want to stay up late next weekend as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.

Meteor showers are the most handsome occurrences in a night sky.

According to Space.com, during peak people should see about 60-70 meteors per hour. So for the best look, lie back and watch the night sky, looking toward the north, and watch one of nature's greatest shows pass overhead. Venus are Jupiter are both set before the Perseid, best views from 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Where Does The Perseid Meteor Shower Come From?

The Perseid shower is the most popular meteor shower every year. These conditions let the Perseids shine brightly as dust trails in our atmosphere turn into the fiery streaks we see while gazing upward in our backyards that lead to astute scientific observations between neighbors, such as "oooh!". However this year should be an nearly moonless night, making it one of the best meteor showers of the year.

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