Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Perseid Meteor Shower is On Again Tonight!

Perseid Meteor Shower is On Again Tonight!

Perseids are known for producing incredible fireballs and up to 100 shooting stars an hour during their peak.

While cloud cover won't be quite as thick Tuesday night into early Wednesday Morning, there'll be a substantial amount of cloudiness around, which could block our viewing for a considerable amount of time over a good portion of the sky. According to NASA, Perseid meteors are moving at 132,000 miles per hour.

"They're best seen between 2am local time and dawn". Unfortunately, this year's peak coincides with a full moon, meaning we'll only be able to spot around 15 to 20 per hour.

NASA's Marshall is home to the space agency's Meteor Watch Team, which will stream live the Perseid meteor shower later tonight.

As mentioned above, the further north you are, the better your chances of seeing a meteor will be. Tomorrow, the moon sets at 4:59 a.m.

The shower happens every year as the earth moves through the trail of a melting comet.

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt. The longer one looks at the dark sky, the more the eye will adapt to the lack of light and be more sensitive to catch the faint glow from the meteors.

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