The Perseids are Back! Wish upon a star…dozens of times a night!
Heading out to cottage country or camping? Be sure to look for the Perseids, one of the most impressive annual meteor showers!
Each year, from late July to mid-August, hundreds of meteors rain down on our skies as the Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. An increasing number of shooting stars should be visible every night, until the light show culminates on the nights of August 11-13. During the peak, typically in the darkest hours after midnight, up to 50 to 80 meteors per hour can streak across the sky.
Don’t forget to make a wish!
Photo: Perseids below! Astronaut Ron Garan snapped this shot of a Perseid meteor (the white streak) below the International Space Station on August 13, 2011.
Photo Credit: Ron Garnan/NASA