It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about back-to-school shopping or end-of-summer barbeques — I’m talking about the Perseid meteor shower.
The show may begin for some late Monday evening, but in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 12, you should be able to count as many as one to two “shooting stars” per minute. The shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, which is the location from which the streaks of light will come. (Click here to learn how to find Perseus.) The meteors are actually pieces of dust from the debris trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle; as Earth passes through the trail, the particles disintegrate in our atmosphere.
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