In recent weeks, rumors on social media promulgated the idea this year's Perseids would be the "brightest meteor shower in recorded human history", so much so that shooting stars will be visible during the day.
A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning during the Perseid meteor shower south of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 12, 2016. It also suggests going to your viewing point 45 minutes before the event to give your eyes time to adjust.
The Perseid Meteor Shower takes place annually from July 17 to August 24, when the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and debris from the comet pierce the Earth's atmosphere at 130,000 miles per hour.
They're called Perseid because they seem to originate from the constellation Perseus. The brightness of the moon will make it harder to see some meteors produced by the shower. "Don't look down, don't look at the person next to you, just keep watching the sky".
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NASA already burst sky watchers' bubbles but at least the Perseid meteor shower will still be awesome, right? But the presence of a more than half-full moon on Saturday night and Sunday morning when the event is at its height means the shower might be a little overshadowed. "This major shower takes place during the lazy, hazy days of summer, when many families are on vacation", EarthSky.org Bruce McClure said.
Made from the debris left by comet Ecke, you can expect to see 10 meteors per hour during the Taurid shower. "That's good because they are bright, but bad because if you are not paying close attention, you may miss them".
As of Friday afternoon, Storm Team 8 expected clearing skies Friday and Saturday night.
Friday and Saturday night are both peak times for these showers. The earth crosses this river between August 11 and 13 every year, so the meteors appear intensively during that period.
On a normal year our planet usually just grazes the actual debris trail of Swift-Tuttle causing a few meteors to be visible per hour. The comets travel at extreme speeds of around 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second), which is around 500 times faster than the world's fastest auto is capable of travelling.