The annual Perseid meteor shower lit up the sky Wednesday night even brighter than previous years since 2007, with “no moonlight to upstage the power,” according to NASA.
The Perseid meteor shower and coinciding new moon are giving star gazers a spectacular show this week.
NASA recommends observing the Perseids run across the dark sky during the peak days of Aug. 12-13, with the meteor count estimating to be up to 100 per hour. The meteors were shooting from constellation Perseus, named after the Greek mythological hero known for beheading the Gorgon Medusa and saved Andromeda from sea monster Cetus.
According to NASA, the Perseids are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. The meteor shower happens when the Earth passes a cloud of the comet’s orbital debris field, which consists of ice and dust, and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. In other words, they are debris that have traveled for billions of years, coming to a spectacular end.
Even though the peak of the meteor shower was Wednesday night — Thursday morning — there will still be a few Thursday night as well. Thursday evening’s shower expected to peak at 4 a.m. EDT Friday morning.