Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12: NASA

Perseid meteor shower to peak on August 12: NASA

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the most popular celestial events, is once again garnering attention worldwide as the ‘shooting stars’ are set to peak soon.

Earth is currently whizzing through debris or particles left over from the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, marking the start of the Perseids. Scientists have estimated that the Perseids will peak on 12th of August.

NASA’s asteroid expert Bill Cooke said, “The Perseid peak is expected to occur at around 1 p.m. EDT on Aug. 12 this year, which is in the middle of the day. This means there will be good rates on either side. I think things may be slightly better in the pre-dawn hours of the 12th, but there should still be a decent show on either night.”

The Perseid meteor shower typically begins from the mid of July and ends by the end of August each year. On its peak, it will produce as many as 50 to 100 ‘shooting stars’ per hour in a dark-sky location.

Star gazers see ‘shooting stars’ as Earth plows through the debris left over by a passing comet. As the debris enters the atmosphere of Earth, it burns up briefly, producing bright streaks in the night sky.