The Perseid meteor shower peaks August 11-12, is the undisputed star. But
this year, the Perseids are poised to offer a double feature due to what NASA
calls an “outburst effect.”
This year rates could soar to 200 meteors an hour.
It will be so great this year due to Jupiter’s gravity pulling the debris
stream closer and Earth.
The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet
Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they
appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus.
A Perseid outburst last occurred was in 2009.
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