The Perseids meteor shower will take place during the next two nights (Thursday and Friday):
“It is typically the second richest shower after the Geminids every December,” Slooh Astronomer and The Old Farmers Almanac Astronomy Editor Bob Berman said. “[The Perseids] offer very fast meteors, and about 30 percent of them leave behind lingering trains. The number of meteors increase quite a bit after 12 and 1 a.m. when the ‘radiant,’ or the place in the sky the meteors emanate from, rises in the northeast.”
The shower’s peak will occur on Thursday night, but Friday night will also offer a good opportunity for those looking to experience the Perseids, according to NASA.
Discovered during the American Civil War by astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet colliding with the planet and burning up in the atmosphere provides the spectacular light show, but cloudy skies might block the view for some stargazers.
“One of the best things about the Perseids meteor shower is the fact it occurs during the summer months across the Northern Hemisphere,” AccuWeather Meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. “Summer tends to feature more clear skies than the colder seasons.”