Look up in the night sky, the Perseid Meteor shower has just begun.

Weather Facts with Nicole Phillips

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – Heads up sky watchers, one of the best meteor showers of the year has begun!

The Perseid Meteor Shower is perhaps one of the best meteor showers of the year and weather permitting you may be able to see a few striking through the sky. 

Every year between July 17 and August 24, Earth passes through the debris path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. As this happens, the debris from the comet collides with Earth’s atmosphere and produces a dazzling show known as the Perseid meteor shower. 

The peak, when Earth crosses through the dustiest part of the debris field, is when you’ll be able to see the greatest amount of meteors in a short time. During this time we tend to average about 60 meteors per hour, but on years without moonlight this number can range between 150-200 meteors per hour.

This year’s peak will be Aug. 11-Aug. 13, with us averaging about 60 meteors per hour. Moonlight should not be a factor as the waxing crescent moon will set by early evening. 

How to view:

  • During the pre-dawn hours, away from city lights or in a dark place
  • Now through August 24th with the peak from August 11-13
  • Weather permitting: Need clear skies to fully enjoy!

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