The Perseid meteor shower can be observed annually in middle summer, when the Earth meets a debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. This comet has a 133-year orbit and previously entered the inner solar system in 1992.
The Perseid Meteor shower is lighting up the sky above the United States, expected to reach its peak between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The majestic sky show occurs every year, between 17 July and 24 August, and tends to peak around 9-13 August.
Named after the Perseus constellation, the Perseids space debris from comet Swift-Tuttle that has made many trips through the solar system, marking the latest in 1992. Currently, this 133-year orbit comet is far from Earth.
The Perseids are actively sought by stargazers and astronomers as one can see 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place during this meteor shower.
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