NASA: Perseids Meteor Shower To Peak August 12-13
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The annual Perseids meteor shower will peak this year in the predawn hours of Aug. 12 and 13, NASA says.
The meteors might be a little more challenging to see than usual, since there will also be a bright full moon on those nights.
Experts advise finding an area well away from city or street lights and then lying flat on your back with your feet facing northeast. Don’t worry if you don’t see the celestial light show at first, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt.
Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids, and the Perseids are a result of the large Swift-Tuttle comet, which takes 133 years to orbit the sun. During the Perseids’ peak nights, up to 100 meteors can be seen per hour.