Perseids Meteor Shower Activity Peaking This Week

Every Summer between late July and late August, the Perseids meteor shower gives the northern hemisphere quite a show. This Summer will be no different, with the height of meteor activity set for this Tuesday and Wednesday.

The meteor showers are caused by Earth passing through the debris field of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris in the field tends to have large chunks of material that are able to burn brighter and longer as they enter our atmosphere, making shooting star sightings frequent.

Star gazing Tuesday night will be difficult due to mostly cloudy skies. Skies on Wednesday night will be mostly clear, allowing an uninhibited view of the meteors. The moon will make it slightly challenging to view the faint meteors as it will be nearly full, but it shouldn't stop the bright meteors from being spotted.

The best time for star gazing is usually a few hours before sunrise, which is set for 6:25 am. Look to the northeast for the best view. Meteor rates are expected to range from 20 meteors per hour to 100 meteors per hour.

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