Each year between late July and early August, the Earth passes through comet Swift-Tuttle’s debris. The debris (mostly bits of dust) burn up in the atmosphere and the result can be a spectacular meteor shower. One of the best opportunities for viewing will be across the northern hemisphere between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. tonight (August 12). Look toward the northeast (Perseus), but expect to see the meteors in any part of the sky.
No equipment will be necessary to view this evening’s celestial event. For the best viewing experience, find open sky and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness. The meteors will usually be bright, although some of the fainter ones may be hard to see. The average particles are about the size of the ball of a ballpoint pen.
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The Perseid meteor has been observed for over 2,000 years and remains a spectacular annual astro-event!