What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

The Perseid meteor shower is generally the best of the year. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said.

Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark thought the shower. This year, the viewing opportunities are about as good as they can get.

But if you just look up while you're walking on the pavement, you still probably won't see them.

NASA will have a live stream for those who can not see the sky.

How can you see the meteor shower? In fact, Mid-Michigan will still have chances through the last weekend of August. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower? Every meteor we see is actually a tiny piece of the comet burning up as it strikes the Earth's atmosphere. The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus.

First off, the Perseids are an annual meteor shower caused by dust, left over from the 109P/Swift-Tuttle comet, streaking through the atmosphere. However, sometimes the planet Jupiter affects what can be seen on Earth. Our earth is passing through the debris, also known as a "river of rubble", at this time. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour. As they burn, they create a bright burst of light across the sky - traveling at about 37 miles-per-second.

One paper from 1956 found that numerous meteors were brighter than a magnitude of 5, and many brighter than a magnitude of 3.

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