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Make a wish on a shooting star! It's time for the Perseid meteor shower!
News story originally written on August 8, 2002

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you may be able to see hundreds of meteors an hour during the nights of August 12th and 13th, 2002, when the Perseid meteor shower is at its peak.

Look for meteors in cloudless skies after two a.m. and before the sun begins to rise. They will be shooting through the northeast part of the sky. The meteors will be most noticeable to people in Europe on August 13. North Americans can see the most meteors on either August 12th or 13th.

Earlier in the evening, at 9 or 10 pm, you might be able to see Earthgrazers, meteors that streak slowly and colorfully through the atmosphere near the horizon.

Perseid meteoroids are little pieces of the comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet has a lot of dusty debris that travels along with it. The dust forms a cloud that the Earth speeds through every year at about this time. They may be tiny, but these dust particles can make some very bright streaks of colorful light through the night sky!


Last modified August 8, 2002 by Lisa Gardiner.

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