Perseid Meteor Shower

meteor.jpgWith no moon and dark nights, this weekend should be a great time to see the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Every year, the earth passes through the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The debris hits the atmosphere at 132,000 mph and burns up, making bright streaks in the night sky. It’s called the Perseid Meteor Shower because the meteors appear to originate from Perseus.

The meteor shower will last for the next two weeks, but this Sunday should be the peak. If you’re out of the city where there are no lights and clear skies, you should be able to see one or two meteors every minute.


  1. I was camping at the grand mesa friday night through monday morning and was away from the city for the shower.

  2. after the fast meteor streaked the skies, it left a bright, light blue colored smoke trail that lasted about 45 seconds as seen with the naked eye! The dissipating trail was observed for an additional 60 seconds using binoculars. That was a big one!

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