One of the most stunning events in the stargazer’s calendar peaks on the night of August 12-13, when the Earth passes through the densest, dustiest path of Comet Swift-Tuttle
Sky gazers across the northern hemisphere, as the Perseid meteor shower is about to bless the skies.
According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour.
The shower will peak around 1:00 pm EDT on August 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the pre-dawn hours of August 12, but that there’d be a decent show both nights.
However, this year, the Perseids will be a bit difficult to view because of the moon which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time.
“The good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs; otherwise the moon would really mess with them,” Cooke added. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every July and August as the Earth passes debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.