The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks This Week
There's some unbelievable stargazing conditions this week!
The Perseids Meteor Shower will come to a peak this week. All this week you should be able to see these shooting stars. You may have noticed a few over the weekend streaking across the night sky. Some where really bright! This time around the Perseids Meteor Shower will be extra spectacular!
The Perseids are caused by Earth passing through an area of ice and dust left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The thickness of that debris stream varies each year. We can thank Jupiter and its gravity for pulling more debris into Earth's path this go around. Scientists say this will cause 'outbursts' of shooting stars.
The peak is expected to be around 3 a.m. Friday morning August 12.
During the peak you could see about 200 meteors per-hour, which is about one every 18 seconds! That's double the traditional rate for this meteor shower.