Perseids Meteor Shower Has Started And Will Peak August 24

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Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower has begun with it reaching its maximum on August 24th according to NASA.  The annual event is a result of the large comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle which passes by the Earth reliably every year during this summer, and it's considered the best meteor shower of the year.

One of the reasons the Perseids are so popular are for its reliability and plentiful meteors streaking across the night sky, as many as 50 to 100 can be seen per hour on a clear summer night.

For the best possibility at seeing the meteors, NASA recommends going outside between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and try to stay as far away from city lights which will cause light pollution.  Other things that can affect viewing are clouds which will block your ability to see the meteors as a streak through the night sky.

The meteor shower gets its name because the meteors appear to be radiating from the constellation Perseus.  You can use a stargazing app on both iPhone and Android devices to help you locate the constellation though the consolation is not the source of the shower, It's just used as reference to know where to start looking in the night sky.