Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 11:33 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Perseid meteor shower is set to peak Saturday, August 13th.

According to NASA, the meteor shower is active from July 14th to September 1st, but mid August is the most active time for viewing. During that time period, fifty to one hundred meteors may streak across the sky per hour.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Perseid Meteor Shower(WPTA)

The Perseid meteor shower is considered one of the best meteor showers of the year. The meteor shower occurs due to leftover comet particles. As earth passes through these pieces of comets and asteroids left behind, some of those pieces collide with the earth and enter our atmosphere. That produces the streaking areas of light across the sky, and occasional fireballs.

Perseids can be found near the constellation Perseus. In northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, the Perseus constellation can be found in the northeast sky, starting around the northeast at sunset and rising toward the east by dawn. Your chances for viewing Perseids are best at dawn, but are possible as early as 10PM in areas with little light pollution.

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