Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight

Pablo Tucker
August 13, 2020

Although, there is no way you can see ALL of them and the brightness of the last quarter moon will lessen visibility, the pre-dawn hours of August 12 is the best time to see the meteors at their very peak. Of course those with less light pollution at their disposal will have the greatest views.

The Perseid meteor shower is normally active from mid-July to late August every year.

The most visible meteor shower in the Minnesota sky is back this week, featuring more than 60 "shooting stars" per hour.


For instance, the Perseids are actually debris from the 109P/Swift-Tuttle comet and the meteors that people see from here on Earth are actually pieces of comet particles that interact with the atmosphere when the Earth passes the debris trail left behind by the comet.

Astronomy website Slooh said: "In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the "Tears of St Lawrence" because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 AD". "Fireballs are also brighter, with apparent magnitudes greater than -3".

The Perseid meteor shower is upon us yet again and Islanders are sharing plenty of stunning, brilliant views from across P.E.I.


Peak temperatures can reach anywhere from 1,648C to 5,537C as they speed across the sky.

When is the best time to see the Perseid Meteor Shower? There's no way to predict exactly how many you'll see on any given night.

Meteor showers are the result of the debris tails of passing comets coming into contact with the Earth's atmosphere.


"Such recordings of meteors allow researchers to determine the precise trajectory of each meteor, identify their orbit around the Sun and ultimately the body from which they originated".

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