Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks TONIGHT, Aug. 12-13. A meteor. While photographing the Andromeda galaxy in 2016, near the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, a sand-sized rock from deep space crossed right in front of our Milky Way Galaxy's far-distant companion.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an worldwide group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the town of Foca.

This is possibly the best meteor shower this year which will streak across the sky Sunday night into Monday morning.

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The Perseids are dust and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, AccuWeather explains. When many of them enter the atmosphere in a short time, you can witness a shower of meteors. This comet is the largest known of its kind to repeatedly pass by earth. It last flew by Earth during its orbit around the Sun in 1992.

The Perseids were called the "Tears of St. Lawrence" in medieval Europe because they occur around the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by Valerian, a Roman emperor, in the year 258 A.D. So, how can you catch a glimpse of this natural light show?

What is a meteor shower? Monday night will be the best of the three days to view the Perseids, notes Cooke.

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