What is the Perseids Meteor Shower?
This spectacular shower, where you can see literally a meteor a minute all evening long, is actually debris thrown out by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The comet circles very regularly on a year cycle, so each August we get the debris raining down through our atmosphere and lighting up our skies.
The best viewing is in early pre-dawn, long after the moon is set and when the earth is going directly into the stream. Be sure to grab a blanket and some munchies, find a spot far away from city lights, and enjoy the free show!
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