Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Aug. 11-13

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Aug. 11-13

While cloud cover won't be quite as thick Tuesday night into early Wednesday Morning, there'll be a substantial amount of cloudiness around, which could block our viewing for a considerable amount of time over a good portion of the sky. NASA encouraged everyone to go out and see the astronomical spectacle in person tonight.

The bright, waxing Moon spoiled many meteor watchers' views of the annual Perseids meteor shower this week. Here's what else you need to know to catch the Perseids in Miami.

"Here's where when and how to check out what's up!".

The best way to watch the astronomical fireworks is to go outside, turn the lights off and look for a broad patch of sky, away from trees. "Still, you could see a dozen or more meteors per hour, including the occasional very bright meteor, also called a fireball", writes the space agency.

"Learn more about this year's Perseid meteor shower, set to reach its peak next Monday night". This comet has an orbital period of 133 years. As Earth passes through the celestial debris every year, some of those tiny bits of sand, metal and rock burn up as they come into contact with Earth's atmosphere, creating the flashing trails across the night sky.

According to NASA, the number of shooting stars could drop as low as 15 to 20 due to a Waxing Gibbous Moon at around 90 percent illumination.



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