One of the most spectacular celestial displays, the Perseid meteor shower, is a stunning display that brings out the best in celestial phenomena. This is because debris from comet 109P/Swift Tuttle has smashed into Earth’s atmosphere. It’s a spectacular sight that you won’t want missed. Here’s how to see it as it increases in intensity.
According to NASA, the annual Perseids are active from now through Aug. 24. According to NASA, it is “considered the most active meteor shower of the year.” The meteor activity peak will be on the night of August 11 and morning Aug 12.
Perseids are known for their reliability and potential for stunning fireballs. “The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50 to 100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer nighttime weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them,” said NASA in a Perseids explainer geared for the Northern Hemisphere.
On Monday, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center shared an image of a streaking Perseid meteor spotted by a camera at the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona.
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When larger pieces of comet debris hit the atmosphere, fireballs can occur. These bright streaks can be long and intense, making it hard to say “Whoa!” Are you ready to get excited? These photos are from last year’s shower