Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Posted by on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Perseid meteor and Milky Way in 2009.jpg

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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