Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Great Balls of Fire

There will be showers every night through next Tuesday, but that does NOT mean it will rain.  The annual Perseid meteor shower is here and the experts say this year could be awesome.

Each year at this time, the Earth passes through the debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle.  Tiny particles zip through our atmosphere and burn up.  This produces fire balls (shooting stars) through the night sky.  While you will be able to see a few each and every night, they will peak on August 12th and 13th.  The best time for viewing will be from 10:30PM through 4:30 AM.  You will also need to get away from city lights.  The experts say if you are in complete darkness, you will be able to see up to 100 per hour during the peak.  Enjoy!

For more information, check out space.com

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