The Perseid Meteor Shower, A Spacey Spectacle

The Perseid Meteor Shower, A Spacey Spectacle

The Perseid Meteor Shower is named after the constellation Perseus, which is their "radiant," or the point from which they appear to originate. They don't come from the constellation, however—they're debris from comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Once per year, the Earth passes through the trail of particles the comet left behind, resulting in a spectacular display of meteors and their trails.

The Perseid Meteor Shower

How to View a Meteor Shower | California Academy of Sciences

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Key Facts In This Video

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    On a clear night without interference from bright lights, you can see about 4 to 6 shooting stars per hour. (0:03)

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    High hills are ideal places to watch a meteor shower. (1:52)

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    The recommended time to look for a meteor shower is after midnight and before morning twilight. (2:38)

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