Everything you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower this summer

  • The most notable celestial moment in August is a total solar eclipse that has been dubbed the “Great American Eclipse.” During this event — which has been called “one of the events of the century” — the moon will cast a 70-mile-wide shadow over the sun. But that’s not the only reason to look up into the sky this August.
  • About a week prior to the coast-to-coast solar eclipse, the annual Perseid meteor shower will take place and result in hundreds of shooting stars in the sky. From July 17 to Aug. 24, Earth will make its way through the path of dust and debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle — an object that passed by Earth in 1992 while orbiting the sun and won’t return until 2126.
  • When the planet goes through the densest portion of the debris, viewers on Earth will be able to see the most meteor showers over the shortest amount of time. This year, the Perseids are slated to peak on Aug. 12. Read More (1/8/17)