Look up into the sky tonight, and you’ll likely be in for a treat.
The peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower happens Sunday night through early Monday, as the Earth continues to orbit past a part of the sky with leftover comet debris, according to NASA:
“In the case of the Perseids, the small fragments were ripped [off] the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 130 years. The fragments light up due to the immense friction created when they plough into the gas surrounding Earth.”
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The result of this natural event is a beautiful sight for us on land. Expect to see the peak of the meteor shower around 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., your local time, wherever you are. In preparation for the natural show, NASA recommends finding open sky away from artificial lights, laying down on the ground and giving your eyes about a half-hour to adjust to the darkness. Most of the world will be able to see the shower, except parts of Australia and Antarctica that may be too far south. Read more…