It's time for the best meteor shower of the year: The Perseids

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 14, 2019

The shower occurs when the Earth, as it orbits the sun, crosses over a trail of dust, dirt and other debris from a comet, Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years to orbit the sun. Often described as the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids are officially upon us, and Miami is among a handful of northern hemisphere cities being graced with fair visibility.

The meteor shower was at its peak last night, but activity in the night sky will continue until August 24.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associated administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, tweeted: "Get outside tonight and catch the annual Perseid Meteor Shower".

The team tweeted: "Our meteor watchers had their cameras on this week to look out for #Perseids - but they ended up spotting a more earthbound surprise, too!" Perseid meteors pose no danger to Earth, according to NASA. Tomorrow, the moon sets at 4:59 a.m. Earlier reports put this year's activity at about 50 meteors an hour. "Still, you could see a dozen or more meteors per hour, including the occasional very bright meteor, also called a fireball", writes the space agency. Those grains of sand and rock fall into and burn up in the upper atmosphere, creating streaks of light. But...this year's shower will have to contend with a bright Moon on the peak nights.

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