Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2012: Annual ‘Shooting Star’ Show To Hit Night Sky This Weekend
Posted: 08/10/2012 1:39 pm Updated: 08/10/2012 1:58 pm

NASA astronaut Ron Garan took this photograph during the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 13, 2011 from the International Space Station.

This is the weekend of the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower and most meteor forecasts predict the annual “shooting star” display will be at its best during the overnight hours of late Saturday (Aug. 11) into the early Sunday.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs each year in late July and early August when the Earth passes through the dusty remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle. In the night sky, the meteor shower appears to radiate out of the constellation Perseus, hence, its name: Perseid meteor shower. Continue reading