Look to the skies August 11 and 12 for a spectacular light show. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower will reach its peak in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and NASA is recommending it as a must-see. “If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August’s Perseids.” The meteor shower occurs every August when the earth comes into contact with the comet Swift-Tuttle‘s dust trail.
The shower is visible to the naked eye and this year there won’t be any moonlight to dim visibility. Look for the constellation Perseus in the northeast of the sky around midnight tonight (August 11). The meteors will appear to shoot outwards from the “legs” of that constellation.