Every year at this time, the Earth passes through the orbit of a
comet called Swift Tuttle, and we see meteors streaking across
the night sky as pieces of debris from the comet enter the
earth's atmosphere at more than 100,000 mph and burn up.
The best hours to watch the Perseid meteor
shower will begin just before midnight Sunday and persist
through Monday night. The shower is visible anywhere in
the Northern Hemisphere, if weather conditions permit.
It is one of the annual can't-miss events for stargazers,
promising abundant shooting star sightings and coming during the
height of vacation season, when late-night temperatures are
pleasant and folks have more time to dawdle under the night sky.
Your eyes are all you need - no
binoculars necessary - but wait a couple of minutes to let your
eyes adjust to the dark. If the conditions are good -
clear skies and far away from city lights - you might see more
than 60 shooting stars per hour.
Will you be watching?