Perseid Meteor Shower Lights Up the Sky

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 13, 2020

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak overnight tonight, with shooting stars and fireballs visible through the early morning hours, weather permitting.

Under ideal conditions, with a cloudless sky and no light pollution, up to 100 meteors can be seen every hour, the most spectacular displays occurring between August 10 and 14.

The small pieces of rock that create this meteor shower originate from Comet Swift-Tuttle which orbits the sun every 133 years. Every year, the Perseids peak around 11 and 12 August.

Footage above shows the showers caught on film from Spain and Germany over the past two days.

Conditions were fair to good in northeast Oklahoma for those wanting to see the Perseid meteor shower on Tuesday night.

It's not every day you get the chance to gaze upon a handsome meteor shower.

The meteors of this shower are often bright and move quickly across the sky leaving streaks of color and light as they pass.

The best time to see the Perseids will be after midnight, though some meteors may be visible as early as 10 p.m.

Peak temperatures can reach anywhere from 1,648C to 5,537C as they speed across the sky.

The meteor shower has been observed for at least 2,000 years.

The best way to view the Perseids meteor shower is to be engulfed in darkness while you lie flat on your back and look up at the stars.

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