PERSEID METEOR SHOWER--THIS WEEK: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters expect meteor rates to peak at 100+ per hour on the night of Aug. 12-13 when our planet passes through the heart of the debris stream. Perseids produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower of the year, so stay tuned for a good show. www.spaceweather.com
A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus. They can be seen on any given night as random meteoroids strike Earth's upper atmosphere. One fireball every few hours is not unusual. Fireballs become more numerous, however, when Earth is passing through the debris stream of a comet.
WHEN AND WHERE TO LOOK FOR METEORS:
* Along the horizon for earth grazers during the mid-evening hours.
*Look northeast after midnight and especially towards the pre-dawn hours.
A LINK TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower#when
I'll post a helpful viewing graphic tomorrow!
Enjoy and good luck viewing!
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist