Perseid Meteor Shower: When It Is and How to Watch the Peak

Perseid Meteor Shower: When It Is and How to Watch the Peak

The Perseid meteor shower will peak this year in the early morning hours on Friday and Saturday, offering up what National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronomers call one of the best of the 30 or so annual meteor showers.

The Perseids are characterized by lots of fireballs—exceptionally bright meteors that leave streaks of light in the night sky as they burn up in the atmosphere. Under ideal viewing conditions, skywatchers can see 50 to 100 bright and colorful meteors an hour at the Perseids’ peak.

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