The Perseids are here!

Tonight, you can see one of the most phenomenal astronomical specticles of our galaxy.... the annual persieds meteor showers have arrived! Assoiciated with the Swift-Tuttle comet near the constellation perseus, the perseids occur annually when our planet crosses the path of this meteor's tail. It is best seen in the northern hemisphere and this is the point of its greatest activity.

Dr Robert Massey from the UK's Royal Astronomical Society says,

If we're lucky, on Sunday night and Monday morning we might see as many as 100 meteors an hour

Caused by small bits of debris, the annual Perseid showers are no bigger than a grain of sand and enter the Earth's atmosphere when our orbit passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

As an added bonus, watchers should be able to see Mars, which will be in view as a bright red dot in the eastern sky after midnight.

I hope you'll share this event with my family and me as we enjoy the celestial show tonight. Don't miss this one stargazers!


Wikipedia: Perseid's meteor shower