Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday night
(KTEN) – An annual celestial event will soon be peaking in the Texoma sky. The Perseid meteor shower, or more commonly called the Perseids, will peak between August 11-13, according to the American Meteor Society.
The Perseids will not be as bright as last year’s event due to a full moon that will be illuminating the sky. Limited moonlight is best to view the meteor shower. For best viewing, go to the darkest possible location and enjoy the show. Look for the radiant, which is where the comets are originating from in the night sky. You do not need a telescope or binoculars. Allow 30 minutes to pass so your eyes can adjust to the dark.
The famous meteor shower is caused by Earth passing through debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which made its last close pass to Earth in 1992. The Perseids peak when Earth passes through the densest and dustiest area of the comet’s debris field each year between August 11-12.
A typical year produces up to 100 meteors per hour, according to NASA. Make sure you look to the sky August 11-12 for a beautiful night time treat!