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Starstruck: Perseid meteor shower returns to night sky

Starstruck: Perseid meteor shower returns to night sky

As Perseid meteors dashed across the sky throughout the night, skywatchers were treated to the occasional fireball meteor. Fireballs are large meteors that explode with bright, green light as they enter Earth's atmosphere.

The moving debris, ranging from the size of a grain of sand to that of a pea, come from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Named for the constellation Perseus, because of where the meteors are viewed, the shower can be seen when looking toward the constellation in the northeastern portion of the sky between midnight and dawn. It takes 133 years to ellipse the Sun and this is the first year it has passed into the inner solar system since 1991. According to NASA, the peak period happens around a moonless night when the sky is darker than normal.




Sometimes you get clouds, or too much light pollution, or you're an hour late to see the celestial event.

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", he said.