Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

A meteor streaks across the skies over the Sand Pyramids during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in the village of Miljevina near Foca, August 12, 2018.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour. It is also called a shooting star.

"The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle", Boyle said. However, the meteor showers will technically be visible all through the month.

How do meteor showers happen? "Thus, it is less likely that you would miss them", says Regina Rudawska, an expert on small solar system bodies at the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre at Noordwijk in the Netherlands. This debris is left in the comet's path. It is the largest object known to pass by Earth repeatedly. Tiny particles burn up in earth's atmosphere, resulting in and formed the "star rain". Majority burn so hot that they disintegrate as they enter Earth's atmosphere.

The meteoroids that cause this shower are dust particles that get outgassed from the comet when it comes close to the sun.

Armed with this knowledge, if you missed the Perseid shower, you know there is no need to fear.

If you're planning to catch the shower, you should begin looking for meteors Sunday night about 9 p.m. and through the evening.

Perseids, often most active July 13 through August 26.

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