Look up in the sky tonight and you just might see a shooting star!
By on August 12, 2019
The Perseid Meteor Shower happens every year around this time which means you will see “shooting stars”!
What we are really looking at is debris left behind from a comet named Swift Tuttle. That comet is 16 miles wide and it only orbits the sun every 133 years. The last time it that was 1992 and it won’t return until 2126. When the debris particles hit our atmosphere they burn up and that’s the light show we see in the sky!
You may have been able to see the meteors this past weekend, but the best time late tonight into tomorrow morning. Tonight will be a full moon however so it will decrease the amount of meteors you will see from about 60 per hour to about 15 to 20, according to NASA.