Aug 12, 2015 2:37 PM

Joe Knows: Perseid meteor showers could display 50-100 shooting stars in an hour

NH1 Chief Meteorologist -

Are you ready for some celestial fireworks?

The Perseid meteor shower is the most widely observed meteor display of the year… and this year's show may be an instant classic! Expect a shooting star to zip through the evening sky about one per minute.

If you are lucky… you could see as many as 50 to 100 shooting stars in an hour.

The meteors are actually tiny bits of dust and ice. Every august, the earth plows through a debris field left behind from the comet swift tuttle. The meteors quickly burn up as they race through the atmosphere making for numerous shooting stars in the evening sky. The Perseids appear to radiate out from the constellation perseus. That is how they got there name.

Best way to watch?—get ready to stay up late or get up really early. The Perseids will peak during the overnight hours. The best time will be between midnight to 5 am when the sky is most dark. We also have a new moon, so there will not be any extra light to wash them out.

Simply find a dark place away from city lights and look towards the northeast-- there is no need for a telescope or binoculars.

Get comfortable, bring your patience, and enjoy the show!


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