Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this week

Published: Aug. 11, 2015 at 2:41 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2015 at 4:16 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The annual event of the Perseid Meteor shower will peak this week, meaning that you have a great chance to see from 25 to possibly 50 meteors per hour.

What's a meteor, it's a small body of matter from outer space that enters the atmosphere where it burns leaving a stream of color across the the nighttime sky. The fast moving Perseids, traveling at 130,000 mph,  leave streams of ionized gas trails known as 'trains' according to EarthSky.org.

The Perseids are composed of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. The Perseids will combine with the Delta Aquarid Shower in the pre-dawn hours beginning Tuesday morning and continuing into Friday morning. The Perseid meteor 'shower' has been occurring since July, but peaks this week and will diminish rapidly after Friday morning.

The best way to view the shower is to view after midnight and find a dark place as far away as possible from city lights. Look anywhere in the sky, but best viewing will be east to northeast and look for the constellation Orion.

As for the forecast, could be some overnight clouds since rain chances remain in the forecast
during the overnight hours, but chances will be slim.

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