With The Moon Out Of The Way, Perseids Put On A Great Show
The peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower was more spectacular than usual this year, thanks to a lack of interfering moonlight.By Evan Thomas | August 13, 2015
The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked early Thursday morning. (Video via NASA)
These meteors are debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which leaves a cloud of ice and dust on Earth’s orbital path during its own trip around the sun. When that dust impacts our atmosphere at 37 miles per second and burns up, we get Perseids.
They’re so named for their apparent origin point in the Perseus constellation, in the northern celestial hemisphere. (Video via NASA)