Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 11, 2021

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks tonight

from the Anza-Borrego Natural History Association
The Perseid Meteor Shower will produce its peak rate of meteors in the early morning of Aug. 12, between midnight and 4 a.m.
This meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the debris left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. When the debris strikes the Earth’s upper atmosphere, friction causes particles to heat and burn, resulting in a meteor.
Stay up late on the nights of the 11th, 12th, or 13th to watch the celestial show! With a dark-sky location and the slim crescent moon, it’s possible to see up to 60 meteors per hour at the shower’s peak midnight to dawn.
Make yourself comfortable on a lawn chair facing the northeast, where the constellation Perseus will be rising around 10 p.m.

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