Perseid Meteor Showers Peak Wednesday Night into Thursday Morning
Have you seen any falling stars yet this summer?
This week you'll have a good chance of making some wishes on some streaking stars as the annual Perseid Meteor showers are underway and should peak Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
This summer's annual Perseid Meteor showers are shooting across Wyoming's skies which have been relatively clear, giving star gazers a great view of this celestial phenomena. The number of meteors per hour is expected to peak at about 100 on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. The meteor shower is expected to be visible until at least August 26.
The annual meteor shower is named after Perseus, the constellation where the shooting stars appear to originate. It's located in the northeastern sky near Cassiopia, the constellation in the shape of a giant W.
This year's shower is expected to be especially bright because it falls during a new moon. The last time that happened was in 2007.
The Peseids occur each year when the Earth's orbit takes it through the debris left by the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Grab a blanket and a friend and keep looking up, maybe you can make a wish upon a falling star.