Perseids Meteor Shower Reaches Peak

James Marshall
August 13, 2019

Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays It's that time of year again, when the spectacular Perseid meteor shower rains fire across the night sky. So instead of roughly 60 an hour, as there have been in past years, there might be 20 or 30 shooting stars an hour this year, experts say. Face northeast. The Perseid meteor shower, first documented by Chinese astronomers in 36 A.D., is named because the shooting stars seem to come from the direction of Perseus, a large constellation in the northern sky.

Because the moon is almost full and so bright in the sky during most of the night, astronomers recommend getting up at least an hour before dawn for the best chance to view the spectacle.

Still, Wyoming has many dark areas with no city lights obstructing the view.

Spaceweather.com recommends waking up "early - very early - about an hour before sunrise, when the moon is low and the shower's radiant is high in the sky".

Now, because Earth is orbiting the sun at a speedy 108,000 km/h it plows into the debris which in turn burns up in our atmosphere, producing the lovely meteors we see.

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