Perseid meteor flying over Texas

EarthSky Facebook friend Gary Snow captured a Perseid meteor early this morning – August 5, 2013.


Perseid meteor flying over Texas captured by Facebook friend Gary Snow. Thanks Gary!


Assuming you have a dark sky, you can start looking out for the popular Perseid meteor shower starting now – a week or so before the peak nights of August 11-12 and 12-13. The Perseid shower is known to rise gradually to a peak, then fall off rapidly afterwards. So as the nights pass in the week before the shower, the meteors will increase in number.

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No matter where you live in the world, the 2013 Perseid meteor shower will probably be at its best on the nights of August 11-12 and/or August 12-13. From northerly latitudes, you often see 50 or more meteors per hour, and from southerly latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere, perhaps you’ll see about one-third that many meteors.

Everything you need to know: Perseid meteor shower

David Callejas