Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 12
The Perseid meteor shower
peaks on Friday morning, August 12th. No matter where you live (Northern hemisphere), the best time to look will be during the hours before local dawn when the constellation Perseus is high in the sky. While August 12th is best, the days before and after the 12th are good, too. If you get away from city lights, you could see hundreds of meteors.
The source of the shower is Comet Swift-Tuttle. Although the comet is nowhere near Earth, the comet's wide tail does intersect Earth's orbit. We glide through it every year in July and August. Tiny bits of comet dust hit Earth's atmosphere traveling 132,000 mph. At that speed, even a tiny smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light when it disintegrates. The shower is most intense when Earth is in the dustiest part of the tail.
Perseid meteors fly out of the constellation Perseus, hence their name.
PS: What do those of you in the Southern Hemisphere see,
when you look down at the sky?