Perseid Meteor Shower Promises 75 Shooting Stars an Hour

On Sunday and Monday night, the Perseid Meteor shower will peak, and during these peak nights, there will be an upward of 75 shooting stars an hour. Conditions like clouds or urban light or pollution may prohibit your view, but scientists suggest setting up early and avoiding phones—your eyes can take an upwards of 20 minutes to adjust to the dark sky. The show, as explained by the Washington Post’s Matthew Cappucci, is happening because: “Debris left behind from the long-gone Swift-Tuttle comet will burn up in the atmosphere when the Earth runs into it—much like bugs spattering off a windshield when traveling down a highway.” Peak hours, forecasters predict, are between midnight and 3AM. Find out more tips for viewing at Washington Post.

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